Ricky Gervais Is Open to Having an Oscars Laugh

The Netflix series funnyman is Gold Derby's landslide choice for 2016 Oscars host.

For #TBT Thursday today, Ricky Gervais telescoped back on Twitter to one of his most memorable Golden Globes host monologue jokes.

The vagaries of Hollywood awards show MC-ing are on Gervais’ mind a bit more than usual this week, because the awards-obsessed faithful at Gold Derby have voted him their overwhelming preferred choice to host the 2016 Oscars. It’s a great idea and one that Gervais has indicated he is provisionally up for:

Ha ha. FishbowlNY thoroughly seconds this Gold Derby motion. Especially since, for whatever reason, Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t seem to want to host the ABC-TV home show and Jimmy Fallon is off-limits.

No word yet on who will be producing the 2016 Academy Awards telecast. The allegiances that come with the chosen top-end talent often dictate the host. So AMPAS, how about Stephen Merchant for that slot?