In fact, the British comic had some kind words for the newcomers and even offered his assistance in writing some Hollywood-specific jokes of the sort that is bound to offend some of the show business dignitaries in attendance, just as Gervais used to when he took the podium.
What did Gervais have to say to Fey and Poehler?
Gervais’ statement suggested that he’d left the emcee gig voluntarily. “Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,” the Office creator told Entertainment Weekly. Then he offered some dubious help: “Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.”
Of course, Scientology gags were par for the course during Gervais’ tenure as host. Each January, he would craft jokes that hit Hollywood insiders where it hurt. Then, after the show, he’d be criticized for his incivility, he’d defend himself, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the organization that organizes the ceremony and selects the Globe winners) would apologize for his comments, months would go by… and then the HFPA would invite Gervais back to do it all again.
This year, however, the HFPA went in a different direction, hiring two hosts instead of one, and both of them women. Not that that means Fey and Poehler will be any gentler on their peers than Gervais was, as anyone who remembers the pair’s joint tenure as anchors of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update can attest.
Before Gervais, the Globes had gone decades without a host. Now, however, an emcee (or two) seems indispensable to keep things flowing smoothly and hilariously — that is, things other than the plentiful drinks at the banquet tables, which tend to make the Globes Hollywood’s loosest and most unpredictable awards show.
Fey and Poehler will unleash their wit on Globes guests at the ceremony to be televised on January 13, 2013, on NBC.
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