And the winners are ... Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

They weren't as edgy as Ricky Gervais, but the new Golden Globes hosts were funny and entertaining

LAST UPDATED AT 11:04 ON Mon 14 Jan 2013

HOLLYWOOD A-listers breathed a sigh of relief last night as new Golden Globes hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, delivered plenty of laughs, but stopped short of making them squirm in their seats like the event's previous host Ricky Gervais.

The Saturday Night Live veterans were "charming, irreverent and hilarious" said Yahoo! describing them as "a shrewd choice".

The Guardian's Hadley Freeman says the duo "proved that hosts of an awards ceremony can actually be funny". Instead of adopting personas for the role, says Freeman, Fey and Poehler "stayed utterly true to themselves" and came across as "the best friends you wish you had who happened to be having a really, really fun time in front of a global audience".

Luchina Fisher of ABC News agreed the women were a "hit", saying they made the audience forget "all about three-time Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais — though not entirely". That's because the duo found time to take a couple of shots at the British comedian and creator of The Office saying he was "no longer in showbusiness".

Some people thought Gervais's barbed performances as Globes host went too far, but they brought the awards ceremony notoriety and a bigger television audience. Fey and Poehler were relatively tame by comparison, but they did manage to unleash a few well-chosen taunts, such as when they said Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the terrorist drama Zero Dark Thirty, understood torture because she "spent three years married to [Titantic director] James Cameron".

The duo's performance seemed to get a mostly positive reception from users of Twitter, with one viewer saying: "Can Fey and Poehler host everything from now on?"

Fey and Poehler's best moments:

Poehler on the surprise cameo by Bill Clinton: "Wow, what a special guest! That was Hilary Clinton's husband!"

Fey on Quentin Tarantino: He's "the star of all my sexual nightmares."

Poehler: "We're going home with Jodie Foster." · 

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