Ricky Gervais is relishing the chance to host the Jan. 17 telecast of the Golden Globes on NBC (“I can just turn up drunk!’) but if you think this will lead to a much-ballyhooed chance to host the Oscars, think again. “If Oscars called, yes (I’d entertain the offer) but I don’t think they would,” Gervais told EW.com exclusively. “If they called me, I’d say, ‘I’ll turn up an hour before. I may be drunk, but just point me to where the microphone is.’ I don’t think they’ll accept those terms.” (That’s too bad. Now that Hugh Jackman has declined the offer to host again, Oscar could sure use a feisty comedian like Gervais, who routinely steals the show just presenting at the Emmys).
That said, Gervais, 48, also begrudgingly admits how there are probably still many Americans who still don’t recognize him (he’s the co-creator and executive producer of The Office). “I was doing David Letterman recently, and this guy goes, ‘Hey look! There’s the guy who played the Steve Carell part in the English version of The Office!'” Gervais chuckles. “Hosting the Globes could make me as famous as Steve Carell – or it could be the end of my career.”
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