Round 3! Ricky Gervais Will Host 2012 Golden Globes [VIDEO]
Yes, it appears Hollywood Foreign Press Association is out of their minds. When Ricky Gervais first hosted the Golden Globes in 2010, he upset so many with his offensive style of humor that many doubted he would even be a guest at the next year's awards. But the ratings were so good for the broadcast that they decided to make Gervais a back-to-back host and brought him back for the 2011 Golden Globes. Once again, Gervais brought his sharp whit and offended more celebs at the show. Immediate after the broadcast, the HFPA made it known that they do not condone Gervais' behavior and he had not, contrary to rumors, been asked to host the following year.
After the backlash of the most recent show, Gervais shot down rumors that he wanted to return as host even if he was offered the part. In March he started joking that he might return, and by August he was all but confirming the talks with the HFPA. After a reported Paris meeting with the president of the HFPA, Gervais was said to be very interested in returning for a third time. After a meeting with an NBC executive, the offer was officially made to Gervais who accepted. Earlier today, Gervais posted on Twitter about his upcoming hosting duties conflicting with Billy Crystal's at the Oscars,
"Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)."
Honestly, this is the best thing the HFPA could have done. The Golden Globes have been lame for several years and Gervais made the broadcast worth watching again. He's a host that will do everything he can to make the audience at home glad they tuned in, even if that means making an enemy or two in the live audience.
Gervais from the 2010 Golden Globes
Gervais from the 2011 Golden Globes