Ricky Gervais is a treasure. I know he isn’t ours (American), but can we have him anyway? The creator of the original “Office” series, Gervais is unabashedly critical of woke culture, cancel culture, and the liberal Hollywood elite. Gervais says what most of us think but can’t say because we don’t want to lose everything we have ever worked for. Shame, really because Gervais is generally spot on with his critiques.
Hollywood and the film and television industry are in fact the worst barometer for how life in America is, and how regular people should live their lives. Yet, they tell us on a regular basis what to think, who to vote for, and how to live from their gated communities and private jets. When a free thinking, cancel-proof funny man like Ricky Gervais crashes their party and calls them out for the hypocrites they are, Hollywood tends to just grin and bear it, and it’s spectacular.
Recently Gervais was asked via Twitter about the possibility of hosting the Golden Globes in 2023. It didn’t take much thought for him to say what he really felt.
Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has made it very clear about whether he has any interest in hosting the Golden Globes again: it’s a no.
“F— that,” he wrote in a tweet alongside a video from the 2020 ceremony in which he hosted, responding to a viral tweet asking whether he would ever host again. “Retweet if you wish [Gervais] would host the Golden Globes again in 2023,” the now-viral tweet said.
“The Office” creator ended his response with a laughing emoji.
Fuck that 😂 https://t.co/sinOAmmqJd
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 9, 2022
It seemed like a remote possibility at best for Gervais to host the 2023 edition of the Golden Globes. Hollywood just isn’t willing to take the well-deserved roasting he would bring, even if it would bring much higher than normal ratings. It would seem like ratings and advertising dollars would be the driving force behind who the host would be, but not so much. Ratings for these self-congratulatory events have been taking a steady nosedive in recent years, with incendiary personalities being the only thing people tune in for. Hollywood would much rather suffer the super low ratings rather than have all of their flaws and foibles put on display by someone like Gervais. It’s a shame too, because that is the only reason to watch.
Back in January, the comedian opened up about what it would take for him to host the Academy Awards.
“They’d never let me do what I wanted,” he told “Today” at the time. “I’d get canceled halfway through. I mean that’s why the Globes got me. They said I could write my own jokes and say what I wanted, no rehearsals.”
The award show, once an event celebrated and watched by millions, has morphed into a political event with pampered celebrities preaching at the very people that pay to see their films and listen to their records. The ratings reflect how fed up the public is, and how little they care. Having someone like Ricky Gervais, who isn’t afraid to say what we all think is important, but sadly this year he is politely saying no, and we can all find something else to watch.