Posted by: ckckred | August 27, 2011

Gervais at the Oscars? ABC Denies it.

Remember last year at the Golden Globes, where Ricky Gervais delivered one of the most hilarious hosting duties ever, mocking everyone from Tom Cruise to Tim Allen?  Well after that, the Globes grew upset, but NBC wants to keep Gervais on for next year because of the ratings boost.  “NBC have offered it — they think they can persuade the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” says Gervais.

But Gervais has said he had received an even bigger offer, an offer to be Oscar host.  “They said to my agent, Would he like to be on our list?’” he said. “I couldn’t do the Oscars. It’s a thankless task for a comedian. They don’t want to hear jokes, they want to hear if they have won the most important award of their career.”

NBC hasn’t commented yet.  But ABC, who has the Oscars on their network, denies that they offered the position to Gervais.

Personally, I’d like to see Gervais back on the podium at the Globes.  Comedy is usually best served cold and dark.  If you don’t believe me, look at some of the best comedies of the last decade: The Office (both UK and US), South Park, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and right now Louie.

As for the Oscars, that’s a different story.  Gervais could give the Oscars the best hosting duty in years.  But I’d rather see him at the Globes because 1) you can practically make fun of everything about the Globes and 2) you can see more of the celebrity reactions.

But what do you think?  Do you think Gervais should return to the Globes, or host the Oscars?


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