Ricky Gervais hands Globes baton to Tina Fey and Poehler
Three years was enough for The Office star: now can Saturday Night Live duo make Globes entertaining?
IT SEEMS Ricky Gervais actually meant it when he said he didn't want to host the Golden Globes for a fourth time. It has been announced in Hollywood that the 2013 Globes on 13 January will be hosted by the long-serving Saturday Night Live duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
After the 2012 ceremony, Gervais blogged that he had no intention of returning as host in 2013. "I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again... It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do."
Gervais's merciless teasing of some of America's biggest film stars, from Tom Cruise to Johnny Depp, divided Hollywood. Some loved it, others were distinctly put out.
By the third year, they were getting used to Gervais's style. "I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all," he wrote afterwards. "Or they were just drunker."
Gervais might be a hard act to follow, but Fey and Poehler make quite a pair. Both have made their names on the Saturday Night Live ensemble show and gone on to carve out solo careers as well.
Fey is known for her spot-on impersonations of Sarah Palin and for the Emmys she's won for writing and starring in 30 Rock. Poehler impersonates Hillary Clinton and stars as the perky bureaucrat Leslie Knope in the comedy Parks and Recreation.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that securing the services of Fey and Poehler is "something of a coup" for the Globes' organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because Fey has in the past turned down overtures to host the Oscars.
But is it that much a coup when it's NBC who are broadcasting the Globes ceremony and both women are "long-time members of the NBC family" as Deadline Hollywood puts it? Saturday Night Live is an NBC show, as are both 30 Rock and Parks and Recreations.
Fey and Poehler's undoubted popularity hasn't persuaded the Jezebel gossip site to rein in the cynicism: "Is it possible that Fey and Poehler might finally be the magic ticket that turns an awards show into actual entertainment? Probably not!"