October 26th, 2009
03:54 PM ET

Ricky Gervais: the new Golden boy?

Not since 1995 has the Golden Globe Awards had a host. That's about to change. The producers have tapped Ricky Gervais for the 67th annual awards show, to be broadcast on NBC January 17th, 2010. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor/comedian may be best known for his work in the BBC's "The Office." In addition to executive producing the American version of the hit British show, Gervais recently co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film "The Invention of Lying" with Jennifer Garner.

His brand of humor may be just what the ailing telecast needs.

NBC's Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming thinks "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." You may recall Gervais' Golden Globe acceptance speech that began with, "I'm from a little place called England - we used to run the world before you."

Gervais says he feels like hosting the Globes will offer him "an environment where I feel I can get free reign [sic] as a host."

We can't wait to see what that "free reign" looks like. What about you? Are you more likely to watch?

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  1. Clemdane

    Love Ricky Gervais. EXTRAs is the funniest thing he's ever done apart from his standup. I do happen to despise awards shows, but I'll watch a highlights reel of his best comments later.

    October 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Billy

    Anyone ever see EXTRAS? the man IS pure brilliance. Though I once had someone say to me they didn't "understand" it and gave up watching...But I guess in our nation of Bill Engvals we can only expect so much...

    October 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DIANA

    I haven't watch an award show in a long time, (they got too predicable and boring). I will definately come back with Rich Gervais. I can't wait. I loved him in Ghost Town. I agree one of the most underrated movies.

    October 27, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dawn Vohsen

    I will definitely watch!

    October 27, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Elizabeth

    I love Ricky!! It's a little funny–such a small percentage of people posting do not know him–I'd be a little embarrassed to admit I didn't know who he was. Those people need to understand there is more on tv than "2 and a Half Men".

    October 27, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Debbie Nichols

    I will be watching, even though I hadn't in a while. I really like Ricky Gervais!

    October 27, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas

    Who the heck is Ricky Gervais? I have NEVER heard of him. Other than maybe the Academy Awards, the rest of these award shows are nothing but filler. Grout between tiles has more purpose.

    October 27, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Excellent choice!

    I had no interest in watching until I heard that Ricky is hosting.

    October 27, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sienna

    I love Ricky! I can watch him all day! Of course I will be watching!

    October 27, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. dale

    Ricky, Steve, and Karl should host the show together! Triple hosts-it's be groundbreaking! And really flippin' funny.

    October 27, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mick

    I will be watching. He is the perfect choice.

    October 27, 2009 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Angie

    I love him, but awards shows in general...meh.

    October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sandy

    I loved Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town, which is quite possibly my favorite movie. However, The Invention of Lying was a HORRIBLE movie and since he wrote it and directed it, my opinion of him has majorly changed.

    October 27, 2009 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Trudie

    Ricky is the funniest import from the UK in a long time, I will definitely be tuning in if he is hosting – excellent choice!!!

    October 27, 2009 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. di

    I've never seen one of his movies, or stand-up routine..so don't know how 'funny' he is. I'll probably tune in for a few minutes to decide it its worth waching. I usually just watch the pre=show to see who is
    'best' and 'worst' dressed entering the ceremony.

    October 27, 2009 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  16. John E Lexington KY

    Vat? I thought Bruno was slated for this gig.

    October 27, 2009 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jake

    If I met me doppelgänger, how would I know which one I was?

    October 27, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  18. spur99

    the golden clown would be more like it and to think he gets a trophy for it come on another overpaid actor the athletes actually have to work for their money.

    October 27, 2009 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ellen

    Absolutely! Ricky Gervais is one of the most talented entertainers of today. He will put a fresh face on the Golden Globe Awards!

    October 27, 2009 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jasmine

    Stoked for Gervais to host. I will never forget the Emmy moment where Steve Carell took his Emmy and then came back the next year yelling at him to give it back. Happy days are here again. 😛

    October 27, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  21. Fred

    I'll watch if, and only if, Stephen Merchant, his BBC Office and American Office partner, participates.

    October 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Fan

    Good choice. He was so darn good in "Ghost Town" from last year–one of the best & most underrated films of this decade. He's so smooth, but really funny & his humor makes you think.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Scott

    I don't understand why everyone is so Ricky Gervais crazy. He's not funny, he's half dimensional at best, his comedy is as predictable as anything Vince Vaughn or Will Farrell can do and it is just boring. Besides, who really watches awards shows anymore?

    October 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marg

    I have seen "The Office" from England with Ricky, and are you guys in for a treat.

    He is a fantastic actor and comedian. Once America gets to really see him, not just short interviews, they will never let him go.



    October 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jlpalos

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Ricky Gervais....he's is absolutely hilarious. But, you have to understand British humor to get it. I can see how some people on this side of the pond wouldn't understand.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ryan

    I'm more likely to watch this than any other awards show. Gervais' working-class hustle he brings to everything from his podcasts to stand-up shows is great.

    ...and yes, Karl Pilkington has a head like a ing orange.

    October 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lynnrenee

    Haven't usually watched in the past – but with Ricky Gervais hosting – I'm in!

    October 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jaffa

    There is no such thing as "free reign" in America since America has so much censorship on TV and American's have gone way overboard with "Political Correctness".

    October 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Steve

    No reason for a "sic" there.

    October 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer

      Although "free reign" has become accepted usage by many people, the original expression, "free rein," is still considered correct. The [sic] is to indicate that the first spelling is how it was rendered in the press release quoted in our blog.

      October 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. nolapearl

    Ricky G is the funniest guy alive. Will definitely watch it!

    October 26, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. patricia

    Ricky Gervais is the best!!! Smart, smart, funny, and smart. Yea!!

    October 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Clavette

    I'll watch if Pilkington is co-host

    October 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Margaret Mary Albright

    Of course I will watch, I always watch the Golden Globes. Now that Ricky is hosting I will tell everyone who will listen to watch. He is delightfully entertaining. MMA

    October 26, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Connie

    Karl P and Steve M should do some schtick with Ricky at the awards show. I'm definitely watching. Loved the podcasts.

    October 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Magee

    Rickiy Gervais is brillliant. I will be watching with bells on 🙂

    October 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Susanna

    Count me in. Finally, a funny host!!!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Nick


    October 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Leigh

    Ricky is the best!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jon

    They just got another viewer.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Elizabeth

    wow! ricky is the hotest thing in hollywood now....and he is halarious and loveable. excellent news!!!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Reddots

    If his hosting is anything like the latest movie he did, the invention of lying, I will not be watching. I left halfway through the movie it was so bad!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Diane

    Sophisticated, dry, fast, funny versus Soupy Sales slapstick pie in the face? No contest!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ben

    I'm def down for a Karl Pilkington cameo. I love Ricky.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. steadmania

    i would watch for sure. ricky is a genius.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. rmanis

    i have never watched the golden globes before, but with ricky gervais hosting, i definately will!

    October 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. sarah

    good choice.This guy is funny and worh watching! I will be watching the golden globes this year instead of flipping channels

    October 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MEEfO

    I'll watch in hopes of a cameo by Karl Pilkington, the man with a head like an orange.

    October 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  48. brooke

    although the golden globes are usually more relaxed and cool than the other awards shows, they've all gotten a bit sickening. obviously they're self-indulgent, but the celebrities who show up at these things seem to buy into it so much more than they used to. ricky gervais could be the perfect antidote to that trend, since he is so good at making fun of all the celebrity nonsense (i.e. the finale of 'extras'), and his own place among it. i will definitely not miss it with ricky hosting. to me, he is the funniest man on the planet.

    October 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Meg

    I will definitely watch it if Ricky Gervais is hosting. I love him!

    October 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ken

    I'd be more likely to watch if they got Soupy Sales.

    October 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |

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