May 23, 2017

Oscars: Ricky Gervais wants to host the Oscars … and the Globes – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Something tells me Ricky Gervais isn’t the “solution” the Academy is looking for in the wake of the recent Brett Ratner-Eddie Murphy scandal. But that didn’t stop the stand-up comic from volunteering his services as next year’s Oscar host … and Golden Globes host, as well.

“I’ll do it,” he joked to Access Hollywood during an interview. “I’ll do [the Oscars] as well. I’ll be in town any way for the Globes.”

Well, no. He probably won’t. The last time Gervais took the stage at the Beverly Hilton to host the Glbes, he blowtorched the room by insulting Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, John Travolta and any other A-lister who happened to fall into his acerbic sights.

I say “probably,” however, because Gervais – at the very least – earned the Hollywood Foreign Press Association plenty of headlines in the days following the Globes, and a return to hosting duties would only boost the program’s TV ratings … at least for the first 10 minutes, when Gervais has freedom to monologue.

“They haven’t asked me officially yet, and I don’t know whether I’d say yes. It’s very tempting,” Ricky told Access Hollywood. “It’s tempting [because] for three hours, I’m the most feared man in LA, so that’s nice.”

“I think NBC wants me to do it, but [the] Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. It’s their event. It’s their party,” he concluded.

What do you think? Do you want Gervais for the Globes? The Oscars? Both? Or neither?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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