Fallon will be just the fourth person to host the awards show since Ricky Gervais revived the MC gig in 2010 (the Golden Globes had long operated without a host, save a 1995 show led by John Larroquette and Janine Turner). Since then, the British comedian has hosted four times — including January’s show — while Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have co-hosted three times.
In a statement, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt praised Fallon’s “playful, disarming comedic brilliance” as a perfect fit for the “spontaneous and uninhibited” Golden Globes. However, The Tonight Show host’s brand of silly, meme-able celebrity comedy will also create an atmosphere far different from the often acerbic jokes that marked the stints of Gervais, and Fey and Poehler.
Fallon’s hosting credentials include his current gig at the The Tonight Show — which he took over in 2014 — a four-year tenure at NBC’s Late Night, as well as a run as Weekend Update co-anchor with Fey on Saturday Night Live. In 2010, he hosted the Emmys, which he opened with a choir-themed rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” alongside the cast of Glee and other TV stars.