Ricky Gervais has reportedly been confirmed to host the Golden Globes in 2016, taking over from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
After receiving criticism previously – by several critics, including then-Hollywood Foreign Press president, Phillip Berk – for some of his comments concerning Jodie Foster’s sexuality and Justin Bieber’s paternity scandal, Gervais is set to return to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time.
Gervais wrote on his blog after hosting the event in 2012, “Phew! Thank f— that’s over. I had a blast actually. It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints…I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”
NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, has nevertheless expressed excitement over Gervais’ return. “Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor – and send up – the best work of the year in film and television,” Greenblatt said in a press release. “Fasten your seat belts.”
According to Washington Post, Gervais has previously targeted stars like Angelina Jolie and Mel Gibson. In 2011, Robert Downey Jr. was introduced on the stage as being best known for his time at the Betty Ford Center and the Los Angeles County jail. When he got on stage, Downey said, “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”
You can watch Gervais’ monologue at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony here.
While the nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced in December, the ceremony airs in the United States on January 10.