Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes for fifth and final time

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Ricky Gervais performs onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2012. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images)

Ricky Gervais is returning to host the Golden Globe Awards next year in his "unique and legendary fashion". It will be his fifth and final time hosting the annual ceremony.

A post on the Golden Globes' Instagram account said: "Ricky takes the fifth! Global comedy superstar Ricky Gervais, in his unique and legendary fashion, will resume hosting duties for a record fifth time at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California."

Gervais said in a statement: "Once again, they've made me an offer I can't refuse. But this is the very last time I'm doing this, which could make for a fun evening."

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The actor, writer and comedian first hosted the Golden Globes in 2010, returning in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Over the years he has become known for his comedic take-downs of Hollywood stars while presenting the event, including barbs directed at the likes of Mel Gibson, Ben Affleck, Caitlyn Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence.

At the 2016 Globes, Gervais took aim at the awards show itself.

“If you do win tonight, do remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do. OK?” the British comic said. “Don’t get emotional, it’s embarrassing. That award is, no offence, worthless. It’s a bit of metal that some nice old confused journalists wanted to give you in person so they could meet you and have a selfie.”

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He also warned celebrities in the audience that he would be delivering jokes at their expense. One of those was Globe-nominated Mel Gibson, who was there to introduce Best Drama nominee Mad Max Fury Road.

“A few years ago on this show I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavoury things,” Gervais said.

“We’ve all done it. I wasn’t judging him but now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames… We know who Mel blames.

“I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”

Host Ricky Gervais and presenter Mel Gibson speak onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 2016. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

The Golden Globes is broadcast by NBC in the US and NBC Entertainment's chairman Paul Telegdy said: "There is always a palpable electricity in the room when Ricky takes the Globes stage.

"His return as master of ceremonies at the Golden Globes is much anticipated. It always makes for an unexpected evening. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve."

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the event, said they are "excited to see it all unfold".

The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, 5 January, 2020.