How do you find a qualified, capable and well-rounded entertainer to follow Ricky Gervais‘ two well-received years as host of the Golden Globes? Hire seasoned and beloved pros Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to take over!
NBC announced the co-hosts late Monday (October 15) along with lavish praise from network executives.
“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment. “Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on ‘SNL‘ to their successful co-starring roles in ‘Baby Mama.’ “
“The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” added Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary!”
The real-life friends have a long history together that dates back to their early days performing with an improv group called Inside Vladimir, but they achieved fame during their time on “Saturday Night Live.” Both women have enjoyed continued success after leaving the variety show via various film roles and their critically acclaimed NBC shows “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.”
The news was met with a welcome, warm embrace via Twitter, as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler became instant trends. “I’d watch an unscripted series featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler prepping for the Golden Globes,” @snoodit tweeted. “Make it happen NBC.”
“I basically want Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host my whole life,” @drgrist wrote.
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place January 13, 2013.