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The Golden Globes Isn't The Same Without Ricky Gervais

The Golden Globes Isn't The Same Without Ricky Gervais

While this year's Golden Globes did give us an amazing and inspiring acceptance speech by Oprah Winfrey when she collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for 'outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, there was, on the whole, something missing.

Or rather, someone. Namely Ricky Gervais and his slew of harsh 'I don't give a fuck' put-downs that have become synonymous with the Golden Globes since he first hosted them in 2010.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

That was meant to be a one-off - and we're sure a lot of the Hollywood A-Listers who were on the receiving end of his caustic jokes wish that was the case - but Gervais returned the next year with even more painful, to-the-bone roasts of the Hollywood elite, and then he was back again.

After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted for the next three years, Ricky returned in 2016. Last year, Jimmy Fallon hosted the 2017 ceremony, and it was Seth Meyers who had the honour of doing so last night.

And while we have nothing against Seth whatsoever, fans felt a little bit... flat. A lot of that might be to do with Ricky's accent. For while he is a true, bona fide star, his deadpan Englishness is so at odds with the very American-ness of Hollywood and the awards ceremony. Stuff like this, for example, is pure gold:

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Perhaps because Ricky isn't originally from the States, he didn't feel he had to be sycophantic and suck up to the powerhouses in the room. Which, to be fair, is the advice he gave Seth before this year's ceremony:


Still, while Seth did alright, his relatively safe and respectful performance was a far cry from the cringeworthy, shock-inducing, 'Oh my God, did he really say that?!' spectacles engineered by Ricky Gervais. That, it seems, is something a lot of people agree with:

It's all in jest, even if it's totally true. We're just going to relive 2016's awards on repeat until they decide to reinstate Ricky.

Featured Image Credit: NBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Ricky Gervais, Golden Globes

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

 

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