Returning to TV, Golden Globes tap Jerrod Carmichael to host

In September, we learned that the Golden Globe Awards were returning to television after more than a year of chaos at the host organization. Now we know who will be hosting the NBC show: Comic Jerrod Carmichael.

Following in the footsteps of Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler before him, the comedian – a three-year veteran of NBC’s The Carmichael Show – will take the helm of the show at the Beverly Hilton in January.

Last year’s Globes ceremony was a low-key event with no televised coverage or even a live stream, as per the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. regrouped after a 2021 Los Angeles Times investigation that uncovered a notable lack of diversity among the group’s members, as well as self-dealing and other ethical flaws.

“We are delighted that Jerrod Carmichael is hosting the historic 80th Golden Globe Awards. His comedic talents entertained and thrilled audiences while delivering thought-provoking moments that are so relevant in our day and age,” said Helen Hoehne, President of the HFPA, in a statement. “Jerrod is the special kind of talent this show is calling for to kick off awards season.”

In September, the HFPA added more than 100 international non-members to its ranks, in addition to the 22 new members — six of whom are black — it added the year before. The formerly non-profit group also sold its assets to interim CEO Todd Boehly in July, transforming the organization into a for-profit company.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Carmichael won an Emmy for writing a variety special for his third HBO comedy show, “Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel.”

Carmichael came out as gay on the April special – which also revealed his real first name, Rothaniel – and later told The Times that he did it because he was “tired of lying.”

“It just became too much lying. Lies breed lies. Secrets feel gross and once you’re aware of it, it’s just a burden,” he said. “Sin is its own punishment. The penalty for lying is that you are a liar. It’s his own hell and I just got tired of it.”

The 80th Golden Globes will air January 10 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on NBC.

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