Well it may seem hard to believe, but despite all of the controversy surrounding last year’s Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has voted to bring back comedian Ricky Gervais to host for a third time. Last year he vowed not to hold anything back, and indeed it made for some awkward moments as he fired off many jokes that some felt were mean-spirited, poking fun at big Hollywood stars. Some loved it and others hated it, but one thing’s for sure: it got people talking. So although both Gervais and the HFPA initially seemed to write off the idea of him hosting again, and although former HFPA president Philip Berk said he had “crossed the line”, it clearly seems to be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Still, not all are in agreement; some sixteen of the 62 members of the HFPA still voted against the return of Gervais.
As much as I love Ricky Gervais, I have to admit that I’m a little uneasy about the idea of him returning again. The fact that he is a Hollywood outsider definitely makes him an ideal person to host, but his comedic style makes the show all about him. It also creates an expectation that he’s going to keep one-upping himself with more and more edgy material. He has even hinted on Twitter that he will be bringing holocaust and pedophile jokes this time around. So what do you think, is this a good move by the HFPA? The Golden Globes will air on January 15th on NBC, will you be tuning in to watch?