By Kaeli Van Cott
Ricky Gervais, who notoriously shows no mercy with his humor, is set to host the Golden Globes one last time for the 2016 awards. After hosting for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 awards back-to-back, he passed the throne to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and vowed never to return.
It’s no shocker that Gervais has returned to the awards, considering the high ratings and number of viral videos his jokes brought in. It seems that The Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants to continue that trend. HFPA plans to announce his return to the awards with a teaser.
“Tina and Amy are a hard act to follow but Ricky is completely fearless and entirely up for the job,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night. “He always did us proud. Welcome back, Ricky.”
Many people believed Gervais wouldn’t be returning to the Globes after former HFPA President Phillip Berk commented that Gervais had “crossed the line” with his humor and received backlash from critics.
Barry Adelman, EVP, Television for dick clark productions and executive producer of the 2016 Golden Globes, doesn’t seem to share that sentiment. “What will he say? What will he do? We can’t wait to find out, and we are so happy that he’s back!” he said.
The 73rd Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 10, 2016.