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

October 26, 2009 |  5:13 pm

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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