American comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th Golden Globes next January, replacing British comic Ricky Gervais who has overseen the ceremony for the past three years.
During his tenure, The Office creator became known for his daring and controversial one-liners at the expense of the assembled celebrities, provoking mixed reviews from the Hollywood elite. He was the first host of the ceremony since 1995. In the interim, the awards took place without a formal host and relied on guests to present individual awards.
After the 2011 show, Gervais wrote of the awards on his blog: “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”
Fey, 42, is perhaps best known as creator and star of hit NBC comedy 30 Rock, but made her name on Saturday Night Live and in various films, including Mean Girls and Date Night. She is remembered by many for her cutting impersonations of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah palin during the 2008 American election.
41-year old Poehler, also cut her teeth on Saturday Night Live, often portraying Hilary Clinton in sketches. She went on to create the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and also appeared in Mean Girls alongside Fey.
The Golden Globes is considered the second most important awards ceremony in Hollywood after the Oscars. The 2013 even will take place on 13 January in Los Angeles. The Oscars will be held on 24 February and are next year to be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane.