Ricky Gervais gets 2009 Oscar buzz -- as potential host

Rickygervais_lRicky Gervais‘ memorable appearance on the Sept. 21 Emmys tipped off Hollywood to its next possible Oscar host. Shortly after Gervais jokingly scolded Steve Carell for stealing the Emmy he won last year for Extras, his reps were besieged with inquiries about his availability and were urged to book a meeting with Academy Awards organizers, stat. "The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars," says one source close to the star. He’s already racking up the movie credits, including the requisite bomb that could become a punchline during the ceremony (Ghost Town earned a disappointing $5 million last weekend) and an intriguing upcoming project. He co-directed and co-wrote This Side of the Truth, a 2009 romantic comedy in which he stars with Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey. Gervais will also appear in his own comedy special for HBO this November.

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Video: EW’s Dave Karger talks to Ricky Gervais about The Office, Extras, and Ghost Town 
Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of Ghost Town
Ricky Gervais blogs the production of his new movie
EW’s 2008 Emmys coverage
EW’s 2009 Oscars coverage


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  • Teresa

    he is great!!… I donĀ“t need to add anymore.

  • Mia

    Pretty please with sugar on top get Ricky Gervais to host the Emmys or Oscars or a paint drying contest.
    ANYTHING! That man is funny.
    If not, Jon Stewart, Steve Carell, Steven Colbert or Neil Patrick Harris would do a fine job hosting the Emmys.

  • alek

    Brilliant. He was the only entertaining part of the Emmys. By far.

  • Robert

    Can he host every major awards ceremony? Please?

  • KMG33

    FANTASTIC idea! This man was the only funny thing about the Emmys on Sunday. (Him and Tina Fey, anyway)

  • Rahul

    This is awesome. I hope it happens.

  • Nathan

    Great choice, this would be good.

  • Snsetblaze

    How about him and Tina Fey as cohosts?

  • Zet

    Despite my ambivalence about the Brits slowly taking over pop culture (some days I love it, some days wish for a real american accent on network TV), Gervais is a great pick. It could be tricky. Much as I love him, the other half doesn’t see what the hoo-ha is about. Much of the time he doesn’t even understand what Gervais is saying. (He has a master’s degree, so he’s not completely slow. Some people don’t have an ear for accents.)

  • Delon

    Good choice!

  • donner

    I’d watch…especially if they let him go off notes and say whatever he wanted to…brilliant!

  • Nose

    If he does, I hope they let him write his own stuff and improv…don’t cripple him with the usual boring award show tripe. Man, if it was Ricky and Steven Merchant, I could die happy!

  • Liddy

    Yes! That’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Clear your schedule Ricky!

  • Yes…and no…

    I love Ricky. But the thing is, I’ve seen him do standup several times over the last couple of years and he ALWAYS repeats the same material which he originally started on his radio show anyway. I know it’s customary for comics to use the same shticks, but not this much. I’ve heard his story about peeing in a sink on the radio TWICE, on talk shows, and in his standup routine. I just don’t know how original he can be. Merchant on the other hand, on his own BBC radio show, is always new and fresh and I THINK the brains behind that operation. So if he is writing the stuff, then I am down.

  • dma69

    Please please please please with sugar on top!!

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