Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have made quite a comedic duo in the past on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Baby Mama, and now the comedians are taking the stage as hosts of the Golden Globes.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced that stars have been tapped to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony, The Associated Press reported. The duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will take over after three years of British comedian Ricky Gervais’ three-year reign serving as host to the Golden Globes.
“The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” said Takla-O’Reilly, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that honors film and TV at the Beverly Hills Hilton ceremony. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary!”
The two perfected their comedic timing during a stretch hosting Weekend Update together, which they did between 2004 and 2006. Since then they have established themselves as stars in their own right, anchoring 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
Executives at NBC were thrilled to be able to get them back together.
“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 at NBC. “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 decision is expected to create automatic appeal for the largely female audience of the Golden Globes, and as MTV.com reported was already creating buzz on the internet. Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were trending topics on Twitter within minutes of the decision.