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NBC Chief Explains Why The Golden Globes Can't Go Hostless Like The Oscars

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By Carolyn B.

Last year, the Academy Awards broke with tradition and decided not to have a host after a scandal involving old, offensive tweets caused potential host Kevin Hart to apologize and then ultimately step down from the position.

The Oscars went hostless again this year, but the Golden Globes has decided to maintain the traditional method of employing a host (or two). In fact, next year's hosts have already been chosen. Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will reunite to host the festivities.

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Controversy

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The news of the planned 2021 hosts comes on the heels of Ricky Gervais' divisive turn as Golden Globes host on January 5. Gervais railed into the Hollywood stars in attendance for their social activism and what he called hypocrisy due to their involvement with big studios with questionable ties like Amazon.

Gervais himself has been the subject of much controversy as people spoke up about the comedian's frequently transphobic jokes and offensive humor. Despite this, he has hosted the Globes on several occasions.

No Go Without A Host

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Despite any controversy the Golden Globes hosts may or may not draw, NBC's Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy says the event simply cannot be aired without a host. And he would know. "I've seen it host-free,," he says.

According to Telegdy, many viewers would like to compare the two award ceremonies, but they are not the same and cannot be treated as such. Telegdy sees the Golden Globes as a "different beast" that is meant to be more laidback and fun than the "stately" Oscars.

Changing The Scene

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It was actually Telegdy himself who brought the Golden Globes host to fruition. The exec was put in charge of alternative programming -- which included variety shows and special events like the Globes -- in 2009. At that point, the ceremonies had gone hostless for decades.

Telegdy brought in Ricky Gervais as the Golden Globes first host and has stuck with the idea ever since. Telegdy seems to have been very pleased with Gervais' performance, saying the comedian did an "amazing job."

Hosts Are Hard To Come By

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One reason for Telegdy's gratitude toward Gervais is just the simple fact that the comedian was willing to show up. According to Telegdy, award show hosts are very difficult to come by. He called the Academy Awards an easy job for any big celebrity but claims nobody wants to act as host, likely in reference to the past two years.

Fey and Poehler have hosted the Golden Globes before, leading Telegdy to believe the actors accepted the gig because they, "know they are in good hands."

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