Some Golden Globes Voters Protest Ricky Gervais Returning To Host

By Katey Rich 2011-11-17 07:18:14discussion comments
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When the Hollywood Foreign Press officially invited Ricky Gervais to return as host of the Golden Globes, it was assumed that they had patched up their differences and gotten over some of the particularly pointed jokes Gervais told when he hosted the show last year. A majority of the HFPA definitely had-- but not all of them, according to sources at The LA Times. Apparently 16 of the 62 members who voted on Gervais as host-- that's just over 25% of the voting bloc-- voted against Gervais's return.

Politicians are usually over the moon to get something resembling 75% of the vote, and it seems safe to assume that Gervais won't let the concerns of this vocal minority get in his way when he prepares to host the January ceremony. But those people seemed to be exactly the ones against Gervais returning to begin with, and the Hollywood Foreign Press is generally a group used to being courted and wooed and bowed down to-- actors fly all over the place to talk to them, they get to see everything early, and then millions of people tune into an awards ceremony that they control, despite being made up of just 83 writers, most of whom you've never heard of.

Most of the dissenters didn't speak to the Times on the record, but here's the perfectly logical reason that Judy Solomon gave for being concerned about him: "My worry was that he was insulting, and when I invite someone to my house, they don't insult me. But this is show business. I guess I'm old-fashioned."

So with Gervais already not in the good graces of a quarter of the group, are further frictions going to emerge? Is he just going to take that rancor and run with it into an even more fractious show? Or now that he's host, does any of this even matter? I'm on the record as being sick of hearing Ricky Gervais's teasing "Will they or won't they?" schtick while we waited to see if the Globes invited him back, so now that it's happening I admit I'm mildly curious to see how it goes. But for those of you worried that Gervais had lost his edge by being hired to host the Globes for a third time, rest easy-- 16 people still think he's too hot for TV.
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