Ricky Gervais to Host the Golden Globes, the Telecast's First Since 1995

By Alesandra Dubin October 27, 2009, 11:14 AM EDT

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Ricky Gervais will host the 67th annual Golden Globe awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions, and NBC announced on Monday. The show will be broadcast live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010.

The choice marks the first time the telecast has had a host since 1995. “Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry which includes both film and TV, but also an environment where I feel I can get free rein as a host. I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don't turn down,” Gervais said in the announcement.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk said, “We are delighted to have Ricky Gervais as the host on our show. He'll bring his unique brand of humor and charm to what will continue to be a fast-paced award show.”

Dick Clark Productions produces the event in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Dick Clark president Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman will serve as executive producers of the special. Chris Donovan is the director and Dick Clark's Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.

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