Ricky Gervais Says He'd Host The Oscars

By Kelly West 2011-11-10 08:45:44discussion comments
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While we at Cinema Blend are divided over whether or not the Muppets would make a good fit to host the Oscars now that Eddie Murphy has dropped the job, it looks as though Ricky Gervais is prepared to throw his hat in the ring.

The comedian/actor/producer told Access Hollywood that hed be up for hosting the Oscars. Gervais is already reportedly in talks to host the Golden Globes, however that doesnt appear to be a concern for him in terms of taking on both gigs. Ill do that as well. Ill be in town any way for the Globes, he said when asked about hosting the Oscars. He even went on to joke about striking up a bargain for his fee, saying, I can knock off 20 percent. Two for one deal. Ill just stay up there.

Getting serious on the subject, Gervais says they havent asked him to host (yet) and that he doesnt know if hes day yes, but went on to say, Its tempting [because] for three hours, Im the most feared man in LA, so thats nice.

As for an update on whether or not Gervais could really be hosting the Golden Globes again, Gervais told AH, I think NBC wants me to do it, but [the] Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. Its their event. Its their party.

That makes sense as NBCs main objective is likely to get people to tune in and they know Gervais could certainly help in that area. The Hollywood Foreign Press is likely to prioritize bringing in someone that will entertain the audience and not make a mockery of the event, regardless of what the viewers think. Gervais wasnt shy about roasting some of the nominees and audience members when he hosted the Golden Globes, which may not have been appreciated by the HFP.

As for the Oscars, itd be an interesting night, to say the least, with Gervais at the wheel.
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