Ricky Gervais to host the Oscars?

Apparently Oscar bosses Laurence Mark and Bill Condon were so impressed with Gervais’ bit at Sunday’s Emmy Awards (my favorite part of the show) that comedian has already been tapped to host the 2009 Academy Awards.

According to EW.com – “The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars.”

I think my heart just skipped about five beats.

But not everyone is excited about this news. Well just the Brits. Here’s an excerpt from The Guardian:

Don’t these Hollywood people know that the Guardian announced that Ricky Gervais was over a whole year ago after his not entirely successful linking sting at the concert for Diana ? Do they think they know more about the entertainment industry than a few bitter Brits who pass the time when they’re not getting bitter about other people’s success by cycling through red lights to get to the travel agent before it shuts so they can book a five-star eco-holiday in Belize? Hmm? Eh?

Um. Because there is a little thing called ratings and that’s what matters most to the Oscars bosses. If Ricky Gervais can bring in a larger audience in a time when televised award shows are losing audiences faster than that time the economy tanked, then he’ll host the Oscars.
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