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Because you can't go more than one week without reading about Ricky Gervais and the Golden Globes, Deadline reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is "divided" over whether to bring the controversial comic back to host for a third year in a row, an outcome NBC, the Globes's television network, wants to see happen.
"NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation," said a source to Deadline. "If the Hollywood Foreign Press says 'Yes' to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and leaving the impression that they're annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests. If it says 'No,' the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humor about itself. The problem is, if you have Ricky, the show tends to wind up being all about him and how mean he can be. He effectively dwarfs the importance of the ceremony itself."
Lolz to that last part: "the important of the ceremony itself." This is the Golden Globes, where alcohol flows freely among the star-studded guests, and winners sometimes (but not always) are in the bathroom when their names are announced. (Hey, Christine Lahti!)
For his part, Gervais would obviously be down to host again. "They haven't asked me officially yet, and I don't know if I'd say yes. It's very tempting," he recently told Access Hollywood, while adding that NBC wants him to return but the HFPA was the ultimate decider.
Per Deadline, a decision on Gervais has to be made sometime this week.
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