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Ricky Gervais reveals his one condition for hosting the Oscars – but says it would ‘never happen’

By January 18, 2022No Comments

Ricky Gervais said he would be cancelled halfway through if he presented (Picture: AP/Rex)

Although we would love to see Ricky Gervais deliver his usual wisecracks at this year’s Oscars, he’s revealed he won’t for a very simple reason.

The 60-year-old actor has hosted the Golden Globes on five separate occasions – in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2020 – with it being two years since the comedian reminded stars to ‘collect their award and f**k off’.

During an appearance on Tuesday’s Today with Hoda & Jenna, the After Life star admitted that it would be a risky move for him to host the Academy Awards, but said that if ever given the chance, he would want to put his usual no-filter stamp on it.

‘They’d never let me do what I wanted. That’s why the Globes got me,’ he explained.

‘They said I can write my own jokes and say what I want, no rehearsals. The Oscars would never. And if the Oscars said that, then I’d do it but that would never happen.

‘I’d be cancelled halfway through,’ he added.

Ricky notoriously took aim at the Hollywood elite with jokes about Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew and the hypocritical nature of those in attendance in his opening monologue.

Despite his comments resulting in a few raised eyebrows at the time, The Office star revealed that the last one was his favourite as people were no longer defending the stars he targeted with his jokes.

He told The Sun: ‘With all of the austerity and people struggling, they think “Why are these people lecturing me? They’re going to an awards ceremony in a limo and are telling me to recycle?”

‘People just got sick of it, just got sick of virtue signalling. And they were like a beacon to aim their wrath at.

Jimmy Kimmel was the last star to host the Academy Awards (Picture:Getty)

‘The people with nothing became tired of being lectured by people who had everything.’

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The Oscars will return for 2022 with a host for the first time in three years.

The awards show has gone host-less since Jimmy Kimmel presented in 2018, however producers remain tight-lipped over who will be hosting this time round.

The 94th Academy Awards will air on March 27.

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