- Actor-comedian Ricky Gervais will return to host the Golden Globes in January
- Gervais hosted three past Globes award shows but not since 2012
(The Hollywood Reporter)The Golden Globes has tapped a familiar face to host the 2016 telecast.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday that Ricky Gervais would return to emcee the January 10 telecast.
Gervais' return, which comes after three very highly-rated NBC telecasts hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, marks his fourth time managing the stage. He previously hosted in 2010, 2011 and 2012 — capping off a long run where the show had no host at all.
"We're excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
"Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor — and send up — the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts."
His tenure as host ended on a rather sour note, when then-HFPA President Phillip Berk said that the comedian "crossed the line" with some of his remarks. Gervais also had not been shy about his desire to not return to the show, but that appears to be water under the bridge.
The HFPA teased Gervais' return with a Monday Twitter post, picturing the comedian's silhouette with the tagline, "He's back."
"Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honor the best in film and television," added HFPA president Lorenzo Soria. "His off-the-cuff wit and quirky charm will surely have the room and audiences around the world at the edge of their seats."
This past year's Golden Globes marked a ratings low for Fey and Poehler, but it was still much stronger than any telecast Gervais ever hosted. The 2015 show averaged a 5.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers on NBC.
"What will he say? What will he do? We can't wait to find out, and we are so happy that he's back," said the show's executive producer, Barry Adelman.