I know that, in this age of the Internet and the 24/7 news cycle, it’s sometimes hard to remember things that happened even a few days ago. But try to think back all the way to last year’s Golden Globes Awards. They were hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, and a lot of people thought that he was too mean in the digs that he took at the celebrities in attendance. Then, after the ceremony, the Internet stirred up a bit of a controversy when quote from HFPA President Philip Berk got out that succinctly said, “He definitely crossed the line.”
Before you knew it, false Internet drama led to a war of words between Gervais and Berk, or at least a public negotiation. Gervais claimed that, despite Berk’s comments, he had already been invited back for next year but, “I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough.” Berk then countered Gervais’s counter by saying that he had not invited Gervais back, or more specifically, “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.”
But now reports are coming out that Gervais has been breaking bread in Paris with Senior VP of Specials at NBC Douglas Vaughn and current HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly about coming back and hosting again for this year. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that these are informal talks and they have no confirmation that any sort of deal on the table, but The New York Post is going all in and saying that an official deal is most certainly already on the table. Whichever way negotiations go, there is one big lesson that we can take from all this – everyone in Hollywood is full of shit.
Regardless, I can’t wait to hear Gervais tear into this year’s crop of egomaniacs. That’s definitely my idea of a good time.