Good news: The Golden Globes have sprung for a host! Even better news: It’s Ricky Gervais! The British comedian/actor/writer/etc. will emcee the 67th installment of the film-and-TV awards show on Sunday, Jan. 17 (NBC, 8 p.m.) You can check out the latest issue of EW to read our interview with the mastermind behind The Office and Extras — along with our trophy predictions from Dave Karger and Ken Tucker — but for some bonus Q&A action with Gervais, scroll down. We also get the scoop on his new HBO animated series The Ricky Gervais Show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Globes haven’t had a host since 1995. What was your first reaction when they asked you?
RICKY GERVAIS: I laughed, because I was flattered. And laughing and being flattered was mixed in with “Are they mental? Really? Me?” I thought if there’s one [awards show] I’d ever do, it would be the Globes. It’s a relaxed atmosphere—the fact that it’s more of a party than an awards show is the point. It’s more conducive to what I do. I’m not sure what I do, but whatever I do, they said they’re okay with it…. I [like] a place where people can walk around, there’s drinks at the table—I’m hoping everyone will be drunk. Well, I’m certainly going to be, I don’t want to be the odd one out. There’s nothing more boring than being sober in a room full of drunks. READ FULL STORY