Ricky Gervais says Golden Globes is "perfect gig"

Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:35pm EDT
 
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais is known as an edgy comedian, and the Golden Globes are considered the least stuffy of film and television awards shows. So it's little wonder that Gervais sees his hosting job for the 2010 ceremony as a match made in Hollywood honors heaven.

"Everyone is sitting around and drinking. I'm going to be drunk, and I'm not going to rehearse. So, it's the perfect gig for me," Gervais told Reuters on Tuesday, with a laugh.

The Golden Globe Awards, which will be given out on January 17, 2010, are one of Hollywood's biggest awards show, but the atmosphere is less formal than the film industry's Oscars or TV's Emmys.

Winners in both film and TV categories, who are picked by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are named after a fine dinner where cocktails and champagne flow freely, and the ceremony is often dubbed Hollywood's biggest party.

Monday's announcement that Gervais would host the upcoming show surprised many industry watchers because the Golden Globes have not had a host since 1995. But it also delighted those who see Gervais as a strong choice.

The British comedian, 48, created hit mockumentary show "The Office," about workers in their hum-drum jobs, which was imported to the United States where a version starring Steve Carell has been a popular and critical hit.

Gervais still jokes that people think Carell created the show. He recently left David Letterman's talk show and overheard a man say, "There's Ricky Gervais. He played the Steve Carell part in the English version of 'The Office.'"

Gervais laughs. "Oh, I don't care, as long as I get my 50 percent of everything."   Continued...