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Ricky Gervais promises a loose, dance-free Golden Globes

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When Ricky Gervais steps onto the stage Jan. 17 at the Golden Globes, the British TV and movie star’s hosting style may seem a bit more improvised than that of hosts before him. Drawing inspiration from Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack era, Gervais says apart from some minor scripting, there won’t be any prepared sketches or dance numbers.

Can I get an Amen? Minus Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris, most hosts totally ruin award shows with their song-and-dance shtick. And as we’ve seen from Gervais’ previous turns on stage, he’s more than capable of riffing on the spot.

Although I’ve got to say, if there’s anyone who I’d like to see cut a rug as an awards show host, it’s Gervais, if only to see him try to top that classic number from the U.K. version of The Office. (“I sort of fused Flashdance with M.C. Hammer s—.”) Considering how boozy this awards show gets, his jig seems all the more fitting.

Are you guys excited about Gervais as Globes host? Will you miss the somewhat obligatory dance routines of the past?

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