After two years of successfully insulting everyone in Hollywood, Ricky Gervais has surprisingly been named the host of the Golden Globes again for the third year in a row.
“After weeks of rumors it’s finally official – Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) voted for the controversial British comedian’s return,” said the HFPA on their website.
Anyone under the age of 50 that watches the Golden Globes gotten a kick out of ‘The Annual Ricky Gervais Show.’ Sure, the actual awards are great, but I want to see who Ricky Gervais is going to make fun of. Specifically, I would like to hear his opinion on the George Clooney and Stacy Keibler romance.
Apparently NBC put pressure on the HFPA to hire him back even though he is kind of tarnishing the name of the HFPA and making it appear as a brand that puts down it’s nominated actors.
“NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation. If the Hollywood Foreign Press says yes to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and leaving the impression that they're annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests. If it says no, the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humor about itself."
Here’s a hint into the kind of jokes we can expect from the comic. Gervais just tweeted, “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at the Oscars. He agreed.”
During his first year hosting the Globes in 2010 he made fun of NBC, the HFPA, and also Mel Gibson. Everyone makes fun of Mel Gibson, so that wasn’t a big deal, but to make jokes about the HFPA and NBC, also known as the two entities that hired him and are organizing the Golden Globes? Some said that went too far.
However, as controversial as his material was, he was hysterical, and I’m sure someone famous once said that it doesn’t matter if it’s offensive as long as it’s funny. Ok, no one has ever said that, but I’m saying it now.
So the Globes brought him back again in 2011 and he opened the show with a Charlie Sheen joke that was expectedly offensive. He also poked fun at Robert Downey Jr. who sat in the audience, unsmiling. Of course we can’t forget the infamous Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp joke that in one breath made fun of two of the world’s biggest superstars.
“It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron," Gervais said last year at the awards show. "It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist. I already feel bad about that joke.”
To be fair, it was an awful movie. Other “ouch” moments included him ripping into the airbrush team that worked on the Sex & The City 2 movie poster, calling the cast “old.” He also introduced Bruce Willis as “Ashton Kutcher’s” dad.
So now, the off-colored roast master is hosting the awards show again.
However, some are saying his offensive tactics are worth it because it brings in more viewers.
According to a HFPA source, “There are those who feel that ratings and revenue are what the HFPA need to focus on most. Of course that's all NBC is interested in. The other faction believes that without Ricky, you may lose a little viewership but wind up better protecting the brand."