CBC News Network Goes Straight to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Source

Before and after the Golden Globes, one of the best sources of inside info about the 70th annual awards telecast remains, not surprisingly, the chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Ruben Nepales and his wife Janet (also an HFPA voting member) beamed in very early PT time this past Saturday to chat on Canadian cable channel CBC News Network’s program News Now about the next day’s big awards show. And today, in his latest Inquirer column, Ruben shares this fascinating tidbit:

Now it can be told — the original plan was for Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey to co-host the show but that did not pan out (he reportedly declined). That’s when the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler combination was suggested. The idea was immediately met with excitement. The duo lived up to expectations and more.

Fey and Baldwin would have likely been just a tad less effective, only because we see them together all the time on the tube and Baldwin did the duo thing on the Oscars side as well. Nepales also has some intriguing info in his column about the hush-hush circumstances surrounding Bill Clinton‘s surprise appearance.

The News Now anchor who interviewed the Nepales in the above clip (Michael Serapio) is also Filipino.