Ricky Gervais Offers to Be Oscars Host
Posted 11.10.11 by Ryan
Now that both Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy have stepped down as the producer and host of the 84th Academy Awards telecast, respectively, only Ratner has been replaced, with Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer quickly announced as the new producer.
British comedian Ricky Gervais (The Office, The Invention of Lying) has offered to take Murphy's place. "I’ll do it," Gervais told Access Hollywood. Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes in the past, coming under scrutiny for last year's telecast for his cutting jokes aimed at some of the celebrities in attendance.
Gervais continued to sell himself, joking that he'll already be around to host the Golden Globes. "I’ll do that as well. I’ll be in town any way for the Globes. I can knock off 20 percent. Two for one deal. I’ll just stay up there."
High probability of sarcasm aside, Gervais is not a lock for hosting the next Golden Globes, but it is a possibility. Gervais reportedly had dinner with Douglas Vaughn, Senior VP Specials at NBC, and Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, Aida Takla-O’Reilly, in Paris to discuss the potential of Gervais hosting the Globes again next January; however, the comedian confirmed that nothing is official yet.
They haven’t asked me officially yet, and I don’t know whether I’d say yes. It’s very tempting. It’s tempting [because] for three hours, I’m the most feared man in LA, so that’s nice.
The one stumbling block seems to be the Hollywood Foreign Press, who sponsor the Golden Globes. "I think NBC wants me to do it, but [the] Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well," said Gervais. "It’s their event. It’s their party."
What do you think? Is Gervais a good candidate for the Oscars? Or should the Muppets host instead?