Every year, not only does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognize excellence in film and television by choosing who wins which award, but they choose the host for the Golden Globes. Choosing a host, though, is a bit wackier than many would think.
Despite being an awards show staple while on the road to the Oscars, there’s a lot about the Golden Globes that people don’t know. Like, despite being around since 1944, there weren’t official hosts until 1995?!
Seriously, for over 50 years, there wasn’t a host for the prestigious awards. It’s hard to imagine, to be quite frank, now that hosts are a staple in nearly every award show like this. On Jan 10, 2023, first-time host Jerrod Carmichael will take the stage for the 80th Golden Globe Awards, and we can hardly wait!
From stand-up comedians to unexpected acting duos, the HFPA pick some very surprising hosts. Check out every celebrity who has hosted the Golden Globes (and those who’ve hosted multiple times) over the years below!
1995: John Larroquette & Janine Turner
1995 was the first year there were official hosts to the Golden Globes, and they decided to bring in actors John Larroquette and Janine Turner.
2010: Ricky Gervais
A big jump, we know, but 2010 was the next year there was a host. 2010 was a big year for both Ricky Gervais and the Golden Globes. Not only was 2010 the first time the Golden Globes were televised, but it was also Gervais’ first time as a host.
2011: Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais returned for the second time to host the 2011 Golden Globes, serving a scathing and super controversial four-minute monologue that included jabs at Sex and the City 2, Cher, Johnny Depp, and more.
2012: Ricky Gervais
Once again, Ricky Gervais was the host, and yet again made headlines for his controversial monologue, specifically the joke about Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster‘s sexuality.
2013: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Gervais retired from his hosting abilities this year, just in time for comedic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to start their three-year run in 2013. Of course, they killed it.
“Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business,” Fey said at the beginning of their monologue. Poehler added her bit, highlighting Gervais’ controversial nature. “We wanna assure you we have no intention on being edgy or offensive tonight because as Ricky learned the hard way—when you run afoul the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times,” she said.
2014: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Our favorite comedians returned! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler killed it as hosts of the 2014 Golden Globes.
2015: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Yet again, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes in 2015. One of the best jokes of their monologue was when they called out how Amal Clooney is only referred to as “George Clooney’s wife.”
“She’s a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an advisor to Kofi Annan on Syria and was appointed to a three-person commission investigating rules-of-war violations in the Gaza Strip. So, tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award,” they said in synch, with roaring applause following after.
2016: Ricky Gervais
Ricky’s back, back again! That’s right, they brought Ricky Gervais back to host in 2016.
2017: Jimmy Fallon
However, in 2017, they shook things up by bringing on Jimmy Fallon to host. Things almost went awry when the teleprompter failed during his opening monologue, but he handled it like a pro and made everyone cackle.
2018: Seth Meyers
It seems hiring late night show hosts works for them, so in 2018, Seth Meyers was set as the Golden Globes host. However, many were disappointed at how little screentime he had due to the overwhelming number of tributes, but the 2018 ceremony was one to remember!
2019: Andy Samberg & Sandra Oh
Probably one of the best, and most unexpected hosting duos of all time was in 2019 when Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh hosted together for the Golden Globes.
2020: Ricky Gervais
One of the most controversial hosting gigs at the Golden Globes to date was when Ricky Gervais came back for the 2020 ceremony. He decided he was done hosting, and wanted to tell Hollywood off. “Let’s have a laugh — at your expense,” he said.
Arguably the most controversial joke was when he made a joke about Jeffrey Epstein. While talking about his show AfterLife, he said his character, “in the end, he didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Sorry, I know he’s your friend.”
2021: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
While the world was shut down, and everything was dreary and virtual, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler came back to host the 2021 Golden Globes.
2023: Jerrod Carmichael
For the upcoming Golden Globes, stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael is set to host, and we can’t wait to see him up there!
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