MultiChoice announced that it will be lowering monthly DStv subscription fees in several African countries

An anonymous caller filed a report against Adam Levine for abusing his wife and 4-week-old daughter

Golden Globes 'unsure' of Ricky Gervais

2011-11-15 15:35
Ricky Gervais Golden Globes

Los Angeles - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is divided about Ricky Gervais returning to host the Golden Globes.

The British comedian has sparked controversy for his put-downs and jokes at the expense of some of the film industry's biggest names - including Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp - in the past two years of presenting the awards, and now members have a few days to make a final decision.

However, many are angry that network NBC, which hosts the show, is putting pressure on the Association to force them to accept him back.

Ratings and revenue

A source told "NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation. If the Hollywood Foreign Press says yes to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and leaving the impression that they're annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests.

"If it says no, the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humour about itself."

However, there are some members of the HFPA who believe since Ricky's stint as host, viewership has risen and more people are excited about the awards, which take place in January.

The source added: "There are those who feel that ratings and revenue are what the HFPA need to focus on most. Of course that's all NBC is interested in. The other faction believes that without Ricky, you may lose a little viewership but wind up better protecting the brand."

Among the quips Ricky made during his hosting was a swipe at critical-failure Sex and the City 2, with him claiming they should have won something because of the use of the airbrush, and jokes about scientologists.

NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

A new Willy Wonka film is in development which will focus on the eccentric chocolatier character created by late author Roald Dahl. Read More »
Add your review

Director James Wan has teased that Aquaman will be a "swashbuckling action adventure". Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.