Ricky Gervais has signed on to host the 2020 Golden Globes Awards, returning to the stage for a record fifth time to prove that offending even the industry’s most powerful figures won’t get you blackballed if you’re funny enough.
“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” Gervais said in a statement. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”
Gervais first hosted the Globes in 2010 and returned in 2011, 2012 and 2016. Each time, he’s fearlessly skewered famous faces in the audience even on super-touchy subjects that other comics wouldn’t dare approach. Among the highlights: He’s called Matt Damon “the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to” and went all-in on Mel Gibson upon his return to the spotlight.
Several years later, when Ricky Gervais returned to the stage, he couldn’t help but reference the Gibson takedown: “I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again,” Gervais said. “Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames…we know who Mel blames.”
“The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press said if I say anything offensive, or crass, or resort to innuendo, he’s going to personally come out here and ‘pull me off,'” Gervais said onstage in 2016. “So that’s an offer I couldn’t refuse. Yes, yes, that is the level — an old man pulling me off. Again. At least Jeffrey Tambor did it in a dress.”