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Will Ricky Gervais cut loose as Golden Globes host? How loose?

Gervais Ricky Gervais has been tapped to host the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, taking over for last year's emcee,  who was -- actually, who wasn't anyone at all.

The Globes have been on autopilot since 1995.

Isn't that convenient!

It's "an environment where I feel I can get free reign as a host,” Gervais said in an enthusiastic statement about accepting the gig. No duh!

Here's the part where our minds start wondering what exactly "free reign" means to a comic like Gervais, especially when he's starting with a virtually blank canvas. We like where it's wandering, given Ricky's history with the British incarnation of "The Office."

Does it make me a bad person if I didn't notice that the Globes haven't had a host for a decade-plus? I hope not.

But if it does, I'm thinking I'll have quiiiite a bit of company when we baddies all get together on Jan. 17  to watch Ricky do his thing.

Gonna need more dip.

-- Christie D'Zurilla 

Photo: Ricky Gervais and girlfriend Jane Fallon at a gala screening of his new film, "The Invention of Lying," on Oct. 1 in London. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images

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