Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been tapped to host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, an announcement that comes as a breath of fresh air for audiences with increasing award show fatigue. The Golden Globe Awards, which honor members of both the TV and film industry, are more casual and off-the-cuff than the more formal Academy Awards. As a result, the Globes provide a perfect platform for the two well-regardeed comedy veterans, who happen to like each other a whole lot.
In a statement Monday, Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming for NBC, expressed his enthusiasm about how the longtime friends, who once appeared on “Saturday Night Live” together, will bring their bawdy humor to the glitzy ceremony.
“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” said Telegdy. “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 Golden Globes, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais for the last three years, will take place on Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The event marks another post-separation victory for Poehler, who split from husband Will Arnett last month. Since her separation from the “Up All Night” star was announced, she has made a string of hilarious TV appearances while looking lovely.
Just two weeks after the breakup was announced, Poehler appeared on “The Tonight Show” for a pre-Emmy interview. The funny-woman wore a slinky yellow dress and joked about the once common practice of smoking and drinking on talk shows.
"Remember when people used to smoke on talk shows?" Poehler asked. “Now, if a guest wants to have a cigarette, we have to call a fire marshal."
Leno reassured her that after the commercial break the show would “be like the '60s.” When the segment resumed, Poehler lit a cigarette and began sipping a martini.
The “Parks and Recreation” star also appeared on “Ellen” and played a hilarious game of Karaoke Roulette.
Days later, Poehler stepped out in a gorgeous metallic Stella McCarthy gown for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The 41-year-old, who was nominated for acting and writing awards for the hit comedy “Parks and Recreation,” was all smiles and refrained from talking about the split during red carpet interviews.
When Poehler lost out to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the Best Actress in a Comedy award, she partook in one of the wittiest moments of the ceremony.
Poking fun at the fact that she has lost the coveted award for the past five years, Poehler “collided” with Dreyfus on her way up to the podium, causing them to mix up acceptance speeches. The “Veep” star then “accidentally” read her speech aloud.
In Sept., Us Weekly reported that Poehler and Arnett split after nine years of marriage. The couple, who have two sons together, Archie, 3, and Abel, 2, were said to have split amicably.