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There’s finally a reason to watch the Golden Globe Awards besides getting your red carpet fix.
The Golden Globes — often viewed as the least entertaining of the major award shows — are taking a new approach for next year by inviting Brit star Ricky Gervais to host.
Ricky’s new duties will make January 17 airing of the 67th annual Globes the first time the show has had a host since 1995.
"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 rein as a host," said Gervais, best known as co-creator of The Office. "I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are some things you don't turn down."
The reason for turning down those other offers is something Gervais touched on in an interview with the New York Times.
"I think [hosting is] a thankless task for a comedian," Gervais told the newspaper in March. "Because what's the best that could happen? You're funny? You should be. The worst that can happen is, they say, [worst] host ever. And people aren't there to hear jokes. They're there to see if they've won an Oscar."
Gervais hosting the Golden Globe Awards puts the pressure on the Oscars, known for their funny hosts like Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Jon Stewart in years past.
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