BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Goodbye, snark. Jimmy Fallon will host the 74th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 8, NBC announced Tuesday, signaling — perhaps — the end of a short tradition of host roasts at this long-running awards show where drinks and barbs are served, in equal measure. This is a first for the genial “Tonight Show” host who follows Ricky Gervais and before him, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
For much of their history the Globes were unhosted, but Gervais, who began his scorched earth run in 2010, set a distinctive tone. Fallon hinted Tuesday at the TV Critics’ press tour that while Gervais may be gone, a little bit of that tone may be back. After the announcement, he tweeted, “I’m really looking to spending time withe the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported.”
In other NBC news:
- The network will air a 90th birthday celebration in honor of Tony Bennett — who in fact turns 90 on Wednesday. Performers in the special — “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come,” airing Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. — include Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder.
- NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt was asked about the onetime host of “The Apprentice”: “I guess that’s what’s great about this country,” Greenblatt said. “But . . . [Donald Trump] has been a prominent figure for so many years, it’s not surprising he’d embark on this kind of journey, but it is interesting.”