Hollywood awards season is officially upon us, and to kick things off, the 73rd Golden Globe Awards will be held this coming Sunday, January 10th. In order to get us through the rather lengthy show, NBC has brought back a classic Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais. The outlandish comedian hosted the Globes from 2010-2012, and earned a rather notorious reputation for saying whatever he wanted, to whomever he wanted. During his last gig in 2012, he even stated, “I guarantee they will not invite me back.” Well, just four years later, the Globes have in fact extended another invitation to him. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve never understood the controversy around the Golden Globes. That stuff I did, I was shocked that people thought that was shocking. Genuinely. I thought, what have I said wrong? I didn’t say anything outrageous or libelous … it couldn’t have been that bad.” Well Gervais never really hurt anyone, but some of the things he said certainly left a bit of a sting. Here are 5 things to expect from Ricky Gervias hosting the 73rd Golden Globes.
1. His monologue is going to be cringe-worthy, but witty.
Whether you love Gervias or you despise him, you have to admit that he always keeps it real. 2015 was an extremely chaotic year not just for the entertainment industry, but for the world in general. We’re certain that Gervais is going to have a lot to say about that. The English comedian even spoke with Conan O’Brien saying he’s returning to the Globes because he’s been giving free reign to say what he wants. He said, “They said the magic words: ‘you can say what you want again.’ I went ‘OK, I’m in.'”
2. He may not actively try to piss people off.
While Gervias admitted to actively trying to be obnoxious during the 2012 Globes because he thought he would never be invited back again, his goal for the upcoming show is to make people laugh. Therefore, as he explained while pointing to O’Brien, “I wouldn’t come out and go ‘oh look, it’s a ginger Frankenstein.” However, he did say that if he had a bit too much to drink, all bets might be off.
3. And yet, he’s going to get under someone’s skin.
The reason why the television audience loves Gervais is because he has a cunning ability to knock down celebs a peg or two. We’re not saying everyone’s business should be dragged through the streets (after all celebs are people to), but we won’t pretend it isn’t a bit nice to see Hollywood royalty humbled.
4. Gervias knows the Golden Globes aren’t the real awards.
In 2012, he said, “For any of you who don’t know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing’s been proved.” This is just the appetizer, the Oscars are the entree.
5. Basically the show will be a delight.
Seriously, you will laugh despite your best intentions.
The 73rd Golden Globes airs Sunday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC.
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