After nearly a year of verbal back-and-forth, during which two-time Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais claimed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted him back to host for a third time, and the HFPA claimed that they didn’t want the foul-mouthed comedian back at all, reports started surfacing earlier in the month that Gervais was having lunch meetings with HFPA representatives about coming back again. This surprised no one. The “what will he say next” effect of giving Ricky Gervais a live mic has been a ratings winner for The Globes over the past two years, and money talks much louder than hurt feelings.
It should also come as no surprise that Ricky and the HFPA’s mutual appreciation of dollar signs has now made it official that the comedian will be back, once again, to take pot shots at the nominees and the governing body of the awards. The official Golden Globes website confirmed the hiring saying, “After weeks of rumors it’s finally official—Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year.”
Not one to let a controversial moment go by without comment, Gervais took to his Twitter account after the announcement was made and said (with accompanying picture), “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).”
While this was, I’m sure, a shared joke between Gervais and Crystal that even featured that nice picture of them together being buddies, how long will it be before this comment starts an Internet flame war pitting the Globes against the Oscars? Will battle lines be drawn between those who appreciate the musical numbers and light-hearted jabs of Crystal and those who appreciate the cutthroat disses and accusations of awards corruption of Gervais?
Allow me to be the one to fire the first shot: Team Gervais all the way!