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Ricky Gervais Returns As Globes Host; Celebrate With This Liam Neeson Video

by Caryn James
November 16, 2011 5:32 PM
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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Hard to believe, but now that Ricky Gervais has been announced as the returning host,  The Golden Globes are much more relevant than the Oscars – in the worlds of media and television if not film. Bringing Gervais back after his irreverent turn last time was always an inspired idea, but coming so soon after the Oscar-host debacle, the choice highlights just how out of touch the Oscars are. Brett Ratner as producer and Eddie Murphy as host was never very promising, but replacing them with Billy Crystal is the esssence of safe, timid television, or a bad flashback.

At his talk at the 92nd St. Y the other day, Gervais was asked about hosting the Oscars, and he said it would never happen. They want something respectful, he said, and that’s not him. He didn’t say they want staid and self-important, but I will.

You know what’s not safe or self-important? This hilarious clip from Gervais’ Life’s Too Short with a poker-faced Liam Neeson insisting he wants to do comedy. (The series, already shown in the UK, arrives on HBO in Feb. If you missed the earlier clip from the show with Johnny Depp, you can find it here.)

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  • Rebecca Honey | November 16, 2011 5:38 PMReply

    I’d like to see him even more outrageously insulting tirades from Ricky Gervais about everyone in Hollywood.
    It will be his 3rd time hosting the event and I would like to see him co-hosting this time with another comedian to bounce off each other and make it more interesting.
    It could also be him passing the baton to a younger comedian and set up a new comedian host who can return and who is a Ricky Gervais level player.

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