ricky gervais host the golden globes

Here’s a welcome and refreshing surprise courtesy of The Hollywood Foreign Press and NBC. The host for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards has been announced and it’s none other than Ricky Gervais. According to THR, the British writer-producer-actor-director has been chosen to emcee the event that hasn’t been hosted since 1995.

Many people have found Gervais’ previous awards appearances hilarious so it’s no surprise that he was chosen to finally host one. He’s done plenty of successful skits at the Emmy’s and the Globes in the past, so why not give him three hours to work with?

“Ricky is certainly one of the funniest people on the planet and has provided some of the most hilarious and memorable awards show moments in recent memory,” said Paul Telegdy, exec vp alternative programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. “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.”

Gervais himself considered this an offer he couldn’t resist.

“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. I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don’t turn down,” Gervais said.

I personally enjoy watching the Golden Globes a lot more than the Oscars, and with Gervais on the mic it will be even more enjoyable. The ceremony will take place on January 17th and will be televised on NBC.

What do you think of Gervais hosting the Golden Globes?