Oscars organizers are asking Golden Globes star Ricky Gervais to come to the rescue of ‘TV’s biggest borefest’
He’s the brutal British comedian who made headlines around the world after tearing up Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio when he hosted the Golden Globes.
But organizers at the Oscars rival are hoping Ricky Gervais can salvage their awards show – described as ‘the most boring show on television’.
Gervais thrilled viewers when he hosted the Golden Globes in 2020.
Referring to a star’s preference for younger partners, he joked that the movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was almost three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him.”
And much to the obvious discomfort of the assembled Hollywood A-listers, he told them, “If you win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech.”
You are in no position to lecture the public on anything. You don’t know anything about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
Ricky Gervais is the brutal British comedian who made headlines around the world after tearing up Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio when he hosted the Golden Globes.
But organizers of the Oscars rival are hoping it can salvage their awards show – described as ‘the most boring show on TV’ after four years without a host
In another beard, he said: “Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year – by cosmetic surgeons.”
The Oscars ceremony, which takes place on March 27, has not had a host since 2018 and has seen ratings plummet.
A source said: “Things are so desperate this year that the Academy [the organisation behind the awards] even sent out a tweet asking people who they wanted as a host.
“A lot of fans have said Ricky Gervais. There is more and more talk that we should offer him the concert.
“He’s the one man who could save TV’s most boring show. The Oscars are always too long and viewers tune out when all those self-proclaimed celebrities wake up and talk about their favorite causes. Ricky would be a breath of fresh air. ‘fresh air.
Gervais, 60, co-created the hugely popular BBC comedy The Office and has just launched the third season of his hit drama After Life on Netflix.
Last night he downplayed the chances of throwing Hollywood’s biggest party of the year. “They never let me do what I wanted,” he said.
“I mean, that’s what the Globes got me for. They said I could write my own jokes and say whatever I wanted, no rehearsals.
“I don’t think the Oscars would ever give me that freedom and rightly so…I would do the Oscars but it’s not gonna happen.” I would be canceled halfway through.
Gervais, 60, co-created hugely popular BBC comedy The Office and has just launched the third season of his hit drama After Life on Netflix
Oscars: This year the Oscars will return to a hosted format after four years without one, it was announced last week
But former Oscars host Whoopi Goldberg begged Gervais to say yes. Appearing together on US chat show The View, she said: ‘People would love it if you were up for it. Did I hear you say you might be interested?
“Because if you’re serious, I might talk to a few people.” I know people.’
Gervais replied, “I know it and that’s the scary thing.”
The source said: “Oscars viewing figures have been down for years. Ricky is the man who could save the day.
“People were just tuning in to see how shocking it was and to watch the stars squirm.”