There had been speculation that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Globes producer Dick Clark Productions had been in negotiations with the Saturday Night Live alums. The two-year deal is a coup for the Globes because Fey and Poehler’s last stint as hosts generated positive reviews and 19.7 million total viewers, a six-year high. The show also generated a 6.4 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, up 28 percent over the previous year.
“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business, and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”
The move takes the pair out of the 2015 Oscar conversation. Fey and Poehler, who have both spoken positively about their experience at the Globes, have dismissed speculation about possibly taking on the film kudos as well. “I think the Oscars is just such a bigger task,” Fey told THR during their Globes prep, “to sing and dance and do the pre-taped segments and all that stuff.”
“We are thrilled Amy and Tina have decided to return as hosts of the Golden Globe Awards for the next two years,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. “Their return ensures that the Golden Globes will once again be the biggest, best and most entertaining awards celebration of the year.”
Fey and Poehler reassembled their awards show buddy act during September’s Emmys, briefly appearing in host Neil Patrick Harris‘ opener. They further fueled talk by acknowledging on the red carpet that NBC had approached them about reprising their Golden Globes gig.
“Tina and Amy have a truly unique chemistry, making them one of the most talented and captivating pairings of all time,” added Dick Clark Productions CEO Allen Shapiro. “We are thrilled to have them back in 2014 and 2015.”
Though Fey and Poehler are both several years out from Saturday Night Live, they both remain involved with NBC. Poehler vehicle Parks and Recreation is the only returning comedy on the network’s Must-See Thursday block, and after seven seasons of 30 Rock, Fey is now developing new series as part of an overall deal with NBCUniversal.
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