Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to host the 78th Golden Globes in early 2021. It will be their fourth time hosting the awards show.
Fey and Poehler previously hosted in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Both women also have long histories with NBC, the network that airs the Globes. Fey and Poehler have both appeared on SNL. Fey also created and starred in major NBC hit 30 Rock and Poehler starred in Parks and Recreation on the network.
This year’s Golden Globes ceremony was hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, who also hosted the show in 2010, 2011, and 2012, before passing the torch to Fey and Poehler for a few years.
It’s not a surprise that Gervais will not be returning as the host. He made very clear in his monologue that he wasn’t coming back, and after thoroughly lambasting Hollywood, I can’t imagine the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants a repeat performance.
The 2021 Golden Globes hit a new low in viewership, so bringing back Poehler and Fey, the non-controversial fan favorites who always manage to bring the laughs seems like an excellent business decision.
The Oscars, however, have gone in an entirely different direction. The 2020 Oscars awards show will be hostless for the second year in a row. After going hostless in 2019, the show gained viewers, so it makes sense they would continue with the successful arrangement.
The success of the Oscars’ hostless show formula may be the beginning of a trend. While Fey and Poehler are certainly welcome hosts, it may be only a matter of time before all the awards show ceremonies go completely without hosts.