Oscars: Ricky Gervais wants to host the Oscars … and the Globes – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: 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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