Ricky Gervais: “I was approached to host Oscars”

But Academy deny offering comedian compère duties

Ricky Gervais has revealed that his agent was approached about being put on a list to host the Oscars.

However according to Deadline, ABC, the channel that screen the Academy Awards, have denied that the writer and actor was approached.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Friday (August 26), Gervais commented:

They said to my agent would he like to be on our list. I couldn’t do the Oscars. It’s a thankless task for a comedian. They don’t want to hear jokes, they want to hear if they have won the most important award of their career.

The director of Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand, Brett Ratner, will produce next year’s Oscars ceremony.

As well as declaring that he was on the short list for the Academy Awards, Gervais also said he’s been offered the chance to host the Golden Globes again.

Speaking to Richard Bacon about whether or not he was thinking about a third go round, Gervais said:

I am but I shouldn’t do it. It’s a second encore. Don’t do a second encore. I don’t think I should do it. What am I going back as?

His performance at this year’s Golden Globe ceremony caused consternation amongst members of the Hollywood establishment who believed the comedian went too far. His response to this accusation was, “People say I crossed the line but I didn’t draw the fucking line, you did.”

Ricky Gervais‘ new show, Life’s Too Short, will air on BBC Two later this year. You can watch the trailer here.

Scroll down the page to watch a video interview with Ricky Gervais and comedy partner Stephen Merchant.