It had been 14 years since the last time the Golden Globes had a host when, in 2010, Ricky Gervais came aboard to emcee the annual affair. (The last hosts before Gervais: John Larroquette and Janine Turner.) Gervais proved an attention-grabbing but controversial star, returning to the Globes two more times, but each time drawing flack from some who felt his jokes were too mean-spirited. (If looks could kill, the over-the-shoulder glance Bruce Willis gave the comedian after he introduced him as the star of Hudson Hawk and Color Of Night and “Ashton Kutcher’s dad,” would have put Gervais and anyone within a 10-foot radius of him six feet under).
This year, Gervais was replaced by the team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, longtime comedy partners on Saturday Night Live and the movie Baby Mama. Their performance wasn’t without its own controversies—a joke about Taylor Swift really pissed off Taylor Swift—but much more importantly, they were a hit. Ratings for the 2013 Globes were up 28 percent in the 18-49 demographic.
They were such a big hit, in fact, that NBC and Dick Clark Productions, the companies that air and produce the annual Globes TV broadcast, have signed Fey and Poehler to host the next two awards ceremonies, in 2014 and 2015. From Variety:
“‘Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,’ said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s prexy of alternative and latenight programming. ‘We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.’”
This year’s crop of awards contenders looks especially hilarious, so it should be a great night at the Beverly Hilton on January 12. Good luck making jokes about 12 Years A Slave, guys! Everyone but Taylor Swift is really looking forward to it.
Here’s the Fey/Poehler monologue from this year’s Globes: