Ricky Gervais returns as host of the Golden Globes for the fifth time, but it was one time too many two times ago.
The 58-year-old British comedian’s biggest contribution was the shock value he brought to the show with his snide comments and risque jokes. But after the four previous turns, there’s not much more he can add.
He says next year’s ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, will be his last, but hey, he’s said that before and each time it was with a sigh of relief.
Gervais has previously caused outrage with his jokes about the Hollywood stars at the Golden Globes, and he insists he ridicules the A-listers because too many awards shows are tedious and self-indulgent.
He said: “I’ve never watched an awards show I wasn’t presenting. They’re all tedious. It’s not a spectator sport, seeing everyone hug and tell each other how wonderful they are.”
When it comes to humor, however, Gervais is a one trick pony, and it’s British humor to boot. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the Brit’s sense of humor is decidedly different than most Americans.
During his second appearance in 2012, guests were already onto his act. Gervais was upstaged by some of the recipients. They cursed and made penis jokes just like him.
Even Meryl Streep dropped an F-bomb. She blurted it out when she discovered she forgot her glasses and couldn’t read her acceptance speech.
Last year’s co-hosts ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star Andy Samberg and ‘Killing Eve’ actress Sandra Oh were dry as toast. That’s one thing Gervais won’t be.
But that doesn’t mean his sophomoric slush won’t be boring or banal.
Part of the problem is he has to top himself and that’s always hard to do. He just doesn’t have the comedic range to expand his act.
The folks at the Golden Globes have apparently forgotten their history with Gervais, so they are condemned to repeat it. And, Ricky has no plans to let them down.
The first time around, his act amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. In an age of unending celebrity gossip on the Internet, much of it mean spirited and caustic, he brought it into a room that’s supposed to be celebrating artistic achievement?
In the end, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Globes, said he wouldn’t be back; Gervais said he wasn’t coming back. Two was enough. But here we are now, going for a fifth appearance.
That’s a sign of sickness, or at least sadomasochistism.
There is always a huge clamor for Gervais to host the Oscars but he is adamant he wouldn’t helm Hollywood’s biggest night unless he was given the freedom to make any jokes he wanted like does at the Globes.
He said: “I’d do it if they said I could do what I wanted, which is the same as I did at the Golden Globes.
“But they’d never ask because they take it too seriously. Nobody really cares – nobody really cares about films – but they would never let me bring the tone down.”
The prestigious ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, and CEO, Mike Mahan, teased: “In a world where many award shows are opting to go the no host route, the Golden Globes are going all in! It’s going to be a great night.”
Mahan was seemingly referring to the Oscars – who decided to go without a host for the first time in 30 years this year, after original host Kevin Hart was caught up in controversy surrounding past homophobic slurs which were discovered on Twitter.
This year, Tom Hanks is set to receive the Globes’ Cecil B. deMille Award, while TV host Ellen DeGeneres will be honored with the TV Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse. But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening,” he said, announcing his return.
But it seems at this point that Gervais needs the Golden Globes, more than the awards show needs him.
The Globes will air on Jan. 5, 2020.