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Ricky Gervais Says Hosting the Oscars "Would Be Very Tempting" -- Here's Why That Won't Happen

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by Anne Thompson
June 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais
Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais

A provocative quote from Ricky Gervais comes to us today courtesy of Gold Derby. The comedian and actor, who has now hosted the Golden Globes thrice to both incendiary and underwhelmed reactions, says that hosting the Oscars "would be very tempting." Now, Gervais hasn't been offered the role in any capacity, and here's why he won't be.

He's not classy enough. The Academy Awards are still a Tiffany broadcast, the high-toned classy show of all shows, and when the Academy has gone down the other lets-pull-the-plebes Oscar road (producer Alan Carr and the aborted Bret Rattner/Eddie Murphy shows come to mind) they have regretted it.

Also, Gervais besides being a (brilliant) shock-humor gross-out insult-comedian, is not a movie guy. Look at his credits,TV. He hasn't taken off in movies ("The Invention of Lying" was a flop). The reason why the Oscars have not gone to Emmy and Tony host Neil Patrick Harris is the same. He's a TV guy. I'd love to see them both present, though.

Which brings up my current favorite candidate to host: Ben Stiller. He has a movie in the running ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") so he'll have to show up anyway. His presenter stint as a Nav'i was hilarious. He's a smart comedian who's good on his feet and a real movie star.

If Stiller won't do it I'm crossing my fingers that enough time has gone by that Hugh Jackman will have forgotten the pain of hosting, and will be persuaded by returning musically-oriented producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to try hosting again. It's like child birth. In time you forget the pain and remember only the good stuff. He was universally praised.


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  • platform | June 19, 2013 3:35 AMReply

    The Academy Awards are still a Tiffany broadcast, the high-toned classy show of all shows, and when the Academy has gone down the other lets-pull-the-plebes Oscar road (producer Alan Carr and the aborted Bret Rattner/Eddie Murphy shows come to mind) they have regretted it.

    nginx hosting

  • Roy Munson | June 8, 2013 9:41 PMReply

    How is he a "gross-out comedian"?

    I've never heard him do gross-out humor

  • freddy | June 5, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    I recall Johnny Carson as a kid. Looking back I'd say he still is the gold standard. He too was mostly from TV but he interviewed all the stars on his own show. He just looked like class. His jokes were not tame either. With today's eye he does look a little bit stiff but so what? It's about the nominees. Macfarlane has all the looks, credits, song & dance talent but the writing failed him. How about James Lipton?

  • cadavra | June 5, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    Small correction: Gervais hosted the Globes three times.

  • Anne Thompson | June 5, 2013 3:33 PMReply

    Yes, but MacFarlane had a big recent hit comedy ("Ted") and a studio pushing him (Universal). And he had musical chops as a song and dance man that appealed to the producers, who thought he'd write them a funny show.

  • tyler4all | June 5, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    You could replace the name Gervais with McFarlane and the article would read all the same. except McFarlane WAS asked to host, despite being a TV guy and displaying an immature, gross out comedy style in "Family Guy". swell predictions.

  • Tom | June 5, 2013 1:16 PMReply

    I disagree with your point that he will be excluded from the running simply because his tv career is stronger than his cinematic one.
    Sure, I doubt they would consider him to host the Oscars but only because of his stints at the Emmys.
    The reasons you have listed are ridiculous, 'not classy enough' is a bit of a pot-shot and having a major TV career does not automatically rule you out of hosting the Oscars, look at Letterman and Stewart. Both hosted and have never had any movies prior to that.
    This is a really silly, superfluous article, you really struggled to write a story based on a soundbite pal.

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