Ricky Gervais

What are the odds Gervais will host the Golden Globes again next year? Photo by @TomTSEC (Twitter)

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For the fifth (and perhaps final) time, British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes on January 5th at the Beverly Hilton in beautiful Beverly Hills, California. He was as subtle as a thwack from a Phoebe Waller-Bridge Fleabag scene.

Now, the latest entertainment prop bet at Bovada strongly favors Gervais not returning as host in 2021.

Odds Ricky Gervais Hosts 2021 Golden Globes

OutcomeOdds at Bovada
Yes+200
No-300

Odds taken Jan. 9

The hottest of Hollywood celebs gathered ‘round the ritzy Golden Globe fireside, where they pat each other on the backs and let one man roast them all like delicious little marshmallows. But no one seemed nervous to be served as those sweets devoured treats, least of all Ricky, who he threw himself on the flames of what he deemed to be his last time leading the nostalgic trip down this year’s award-studded memory lane for the Hollywood Foreign Press.

No one was safe. Not NBC.

Nor Jessica Yaniv.

Not even the holocaust.

OK, maybe Mr. Hanks. But if this image doesn’t prove Tom was once again our eyes into the whole show, I don’t know what role we’d cast for him ever again.

Is there any chance Gervais was joking and will find his way back to host once more in 2021?

Well, let’s start here: I’m going to guess most of you will have to Google who the Hollywood Foreign Press is, will learn that they’re the movie critics and celebrity watchers who come to the States to write about Hollywood for their own countries, and remember that you didn’t even watch the Globes because, who cares, right? Fair.

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But you do know the name Gervais, as well as most of the names at which he was poking fun: Leonardo DiCaprio, Dame Judi Dench, even celebrity culture itself.

Why does any of this matter if you’re hoping to see Gervais back up in the hosting spotlight? A big chunk of the budget supporting Hollywood films comes from foreign countries.

So, if there’s any chance the British comedian will be brought back to host, it’s because his zingers are hitting hard enough to make a splash in the ocean of eyeballs for which the market pines, whilst unfettering the flow of that sweet foreign movie money.

Hell, he doesn’t just refrain from speaking out against the world politically, he sets the finger-wagging tone for those who might from the start. Flat out, Gervais tells the celebs not to use the event as their platform to boo their bureaucracies.

Even if all such hadn’t been said and done by the gangster of gagsters, we’ve seen many the pop-culture figure take the proverbial knee against his or her homeland politics, but when was the last time we heard a blockbuster star use those stage-boards to decry the regime of, say, China?

Gervais cuts deep into the dark side of Hollywood’s collective psyche, calling out the actors who haven’t jumped to Netflix and HBO shows on their fight for the best bod while they stare each other down in gym mirrors and share steroids in the locker room.

On the flip side, rather than celebrating what we love about celebrity culture and those beautiful people of which it is comprised, Gervais cuts deep into the dark side of Hollywood’s collective psyche, calling out the actors who haven’t jumped to Netflix and HBO shows on their fight for the best bod while they stare each other down in gym mirrors and share steroids in the locker room. So, perhaps five years is enough.

Who knows, there just might be a chance Gervais comes back. After all, if the term “broke the internet” weren’t already outdated, we’d probably type it again. The man was funny. Gervais is still pulling in so much search bar activity online, it would probably serve the HFP to tap him for year number six.

But he not only opened with one determined sentiment, he peppered his joke-brimmed monologue with one repetitive statement: “It’s the last time, it’s the last time.” Is there any chance at all he was saying he’d keep his jokes cleaner for the rest of the night? Or was he simply accenting fate? Our money’s on the latter.

Pick: No (-300)

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Ann LeGrand

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