(thanks Alan of Montreal via EW) No more Ricky Gervais: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The duo will anchor NBC’s live coverage of the program on Jan. 13 from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night. “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.”

Gervais hosted the event the past three years, drawing some criticism for his jokes being supposedly too harsh the first couple times, and then too soft during his third round. Gervais managed to keep the show’s ratings relatively stable across all three telecasts, hovering just under 17 million viewers. The announcement comes on the heels of ABC tapping Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars next year.

Fey and Poehler co-starred together in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama, plus worked with each other for years on Saturday Night Live, including a stretch as co-anchors of Weekend Update (2004-06). Now both are stars on NBC’s Thursday night comedy block (with Fey on 30 Rock and Poehler on Parks & Recreation). The announcement makes total sense for NBC, both in terms of finding a pair with natural comedic chemistry and in terms of promoting its shows.

Executive producers of the special Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman of Dick Clark Productions jointly stated: “It’s exciting to have two of the most respected names in comedy. Amy and Tina’s well known chemistry along with their spontaneity and glamour makes them a perfect fit for the Golden Globes.”

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  • Amanda

    Best awards news in a while, they will be perfect.

  • Chance

    Now that 30 Rock is ending, here’s hoping Tina has found her new calling!

  • Luke

    So much better than Seth. I think Seth is talented but is not a natural performer.

  • Alfredo

    I want to go to there.

  • Brilliant.

  • Dragon

    OMG OMG Hooray!

  • Rlk

    With all the web talk about how the Oscar date changes makes the Globes irrelevant, this hosting pairing keeps these awards relevant and exciting. This is awesomeness!

  • Tero Heikkinen

    They just had to bring out the big guns after Seth.

  • Houstonrufus

    Now this is more like it. This hosting qualifies as an actual event for me. I am delighted.

  • Question Mark

    Fantastic news, these two are an even better choice than Gervais. I’m even a Gervais fan and I more than irritated with his tiresome “ooh, I really ruffled those Hollywood feathers!” self-congratulation over the last few years.

  • Ryman

    No where near as good as Seth MacFarlane hosting. 🙁

  • alan of montreal

    Hopefully Tina gets to supervise the writing staff for the show (or better yet, bring in her own writing staff). Also, remember it was Amy who was responsible for this brilliant moment at last year’s Emmys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAkY24QZ6gA

  • therealmike

    I´m shocked. They´re too good for the Golden Globes. Why can´t they switch with Seth MacFarlane?

  • Daniel B.

    I am ecstatic! These two are so unique, so funny and witty! And, HFPA,Leslie Knope is the funniest character on television so, please, give the award for comedy actress to Amy!

  • For me, they’re no Ricky. But yes, way better than Seth.

  • steve50

    Good match-up for the Globes. They’ll sustain the party atmosphere and give the Globes a much-needed separate identity from the Oscars.

    And I really think Seth MacFarlane will kill at the Oscars – I think we’re in for a big – and pleasant – surprise.

  • Jacob Burns

    The HFPA just showed the Academy they ain’t playin’.

  • Lars

    Damn Alfredo, you said it before me:)

    I guess I’ll have to settle with high-fiving a million angels!

  • unlikely hood

    can’t read my, can’t read my, no you can’t read my

  • Mel

    I´m shocked. They´re too good for the Golden Globes. Why can´t they switch with Seth MacFarlane?


    Nice score GG. You just made your show exciting.

  • Antoinette

    I’m glad to hear it. Not the biggest Tina Fey fan but at least these two ladies are decent people.

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