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Ricky Gervais, don’t you dare sing and dance at the Globes

In television on 10/26/2009 at 8:36 pm

This could be interesting. Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras, The Invention of Lying) will host the Golden Globes gala on Jan. 17. It says here that this will make the 2010 event the first time the Globes have had a host since 1995.

“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 in the announcement.

Not to be outdone: “We are delighted to have Ricky Gervais as the host on our show,” said Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “He’ll bring his unique brand of humor and charm to what will continue to be a fast paced award show.”

As I said, it could be interesting. Will be interesting if he’s given free reign to be more host (Oscars: Johnny Carson, Billy Cristal) than circus ringleader (Oscars: Hugh Jackman).

I was initially charmed by last year’s Oscars, with Jackman and all the huge sets and productions numbers and themes and clusters of stars bumping into each other to group-announce the nominees for various categories. But I reconsidered. In the end, I just want a parade of dresses, somebody going off-script at least once an hour, a gorgeous tribute to the year’s deceased and some funny, snarky and emotional speeches. I don’t want song and dance or acting stars out to prove they can do song and dance.

Ricky? Are you my man?

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Nominees for the Golden Globes are announced Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. ET.

— Denise Duguay

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  1. At least write Jackman´s name right. You wrote Jackson, not Jackman. And he was great btw.

    • Hey Ella. I’m busted. Thanks for the heads up. Name is now spelled correctly in misspelled second reference. But what’s with the hostility? Do come back but can’t we all just get along, even if we don’t agree Hugh Jackman was great?

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