The Golden Globes—the Oscars' drunk, vaguely Euro third cousin once removed—hasn't had a host (besides magnums of Moet champagne, and a reaction shot of Jack Nicholson) since 1995. But in an effort to make next year's Golden Globes telecast slightly watchable, The Hollywood Foreign Press has decided to enlist the help of Ricky Gervais, whose award show appearances are usually the only small liferafts on the sea of cascading unbearableness that is the awards season.

From People:

The British comedian will host the 67th Annual Golden Globes in January, PEOPLE has confirmed.

“Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry, which includes both film and TV, but also an environment where I feel I can get free reign as a host," Gervais said Monday. "I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don't turn down."

This marks the first time that the telecast has had a host since 1995

"We are delighted to have Ricky Gervais as the host on our show," said Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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