Despite repeatedly claiming he’d never return, Ricky Gervais has agreed to host the 2020 Golden Globes. The ceremony will mark his record-setting fifth time as the steward of the event and the 10 year anniversary of his first time. He previously hosted from 2010-2012, then returned again in 2016.
In classic Gervais fashion, the comedian released a tongue-in-cheek statement alongside the news. “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.”
Paul Telegdy, chairman of NBC Entertainment, also released a statement regarding the announcement. “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 is sure to make 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, even chimed in with his thoughts on Gervais’s return. “When Ricky Gervais is at the helm of the Golden Globes Awards, we can always expect the unexpected. We’re excited to see it all unfold on Jan. 5!”
We still have about a month until the nominees for this year’s ceremony are announced on December 9th. But, we know for a fact that Ellen DeGeneres is set to receive the second-ever Carol Burnett Award for her exceptional television career that includes numerous Emmy and Golden Globes nominations over the years. Her talk show alone, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has won a whopping 63 Daytime Emmy Awards.
The 2020 Golden Globes ceremony will air live on Sunday, January 5th at 8 PM ET.