Ricky Gervais has been tapped to host NBC’s broadcast of the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards– the first time the event has had an emcee since 1995.
Gervais had been mentioned as a possible Emmy host in recent years following strong positive reaction to his role as a presenter on the TV awards the past two years. But Gervais had indicated in interviews that he didn’t feel he could do a good job with the TV honors.
"I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don’t turn down," Gervais said.
"Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry which includes both film and TV, but also an environment where I feel I can get free reign as a host," he added.
It’s possible that Gervais could end up being both a host and nominee, since his movie "The Invention of Lying" is eligible for the Globes. Gervais is also an executive producer on NBC’s "The Office."
Paul Telegdy, who heads up alternative TV and specials for NBC, called Gervais "certainly one of the funniest people on the planet " and said the comic "has provided some of the most hilarious and memorable awards show moments in recent memory.
"His unique comedic style will enhance the only awards show that brings together television and film stars to celebrate entertainment’s biggest night of the year," Telegdy said.
Nominations for this year’s Globes will be announced Dec. 15. The show will air live on NBC (in the east coast) Sunday, Jan. 17.
Orly Adelson, president of Dick Clark Prods. and Barry Adelman will executive produce the Globes. Chris Donovan is the director and dick clark productions Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.