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Ricky Gervais to host NBC's "Golden Globe" show

Six days after the motion picture academy announced it had signed "Hairspray" director (and "So You Think You Can Dance" judge) Adam Shankman to co-produce the next Academy Awards ceremony, which always airs on ABC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association responded by announcing it had signed Ricky Gervais to host the next Golden Globe Awards, which for some time now has aired on NBC.

Ricky Gervais (AP)

The HFPA and NBC won that round, for sure.

It's the Globes's first host since 1995.

Gervais, BTW, is an exec producer of NBC's "The Office" because he created and starred in the original, British version. NBC's head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy, said Monday that Gervais is "certainly one of the funniest people on the planet and has provided some of the most hilarious and memorable awards-show moments in recent history."

Both true. And yet, if you expected Monday's announcement to have included some of Gervais's aforementioned funniest-people-on-the-planet humor, you would be severely disappointed. The quote he decided to use in the announcement was this:

"Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry which includes both film and TV, but also an environment where I feel I can get free reign as a host. I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are some things you just don't turn down."

This is not getting off to a good start.

The Golden Globes needs a jump start in its ongoing ratings battle with the Academy Awards. After getting pummeled by the writers strike in 2008-- remember the Golden Globe trophy show on NBC that turned out to be a Golden Globe news conference? -- this year's Globes, in January of 2009, averaged about 15 million people; the Academy Awards copped 36 million one month later.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 26, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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