Friendly feud: New Golden Globes host cracks Donald Trump joke

Jimmy will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2017. PHOTO: FILE

Jimmy will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2017. PHOTO: FILE

Jimmy Fallon — the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show — was chosen to host the 2017 Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday and quickly gave fans a hint of what to expect, reported Reuters. The 41-year-old will be hosting the January ceremony for the first time, following in the footsteps of acerbic British comedian Ricky Gervais, who took the reins for the fourth time this year, and comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who did the honors from 2013 till 2015.

The upcoming ceremony will take place on January 8 in Beverly Hills and be broadcast live on NBC television, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which organises the awards — said in a statement. Fallon said on Twitter that he was excited to be hosting one of the biggest stops in Hollywood’s long awards season. “And I’m really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported,” he quipped, taking a dig at the Republican presidential candidate’s pledges to crack down on immigration, should he be elected in November.

Fallon — a former cast member of TV sketch show Saturday Night Live — took over the late night talk show back in 2014, injecting the format with games and stunts. The Tonight Show is currently the most-watched of all the US late night talk shows.

According to NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, Fallon is a great fit for the Golden Globes. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence,” Greenblatt said in a statement.

The Golden Globes ceremony — an informal dinner attended by hundreds of Hollywood A-list stars — is one of the biggest in the awards season that culminates with the Oscars in late February. Some 18.5 million Americans watched the three-hour show on television this year.

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