Tina Fey and Amy Poehler know it’s time to wave their farewells to the Golden Globe awards after sev­eral hit years host­ing the show

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When hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler step out on the Golden Globes stage on Mon­day to de­liver their open­ing mono­logue, it’ll be for the last time.

The duo, who met at an im­pro­vi­sa­tion class in Chicago in 1993 and be­came fa­mous through Satur­day Night Live, took over host­ing du­ties three years ago from the con­tro­ver­sial but hi­lar­i­ous Ricky Ger­vais.

They’ve re­ceived almost univer­sal ac­claim for their witty and good na­tured host­ing, el­e­vat­ing what’s of­ten a three hour trudge into com­edy gold.

Rat­ings hit a ten-year high in the US in 2014.

Too smart to wear out their wel­come, the writ­ing was on the wall dur­ing last year’s Globes when Fey joked about why they’d been asked back: “Be­cause this is Hol­ly­wood and if some­thing kinda works then just keep do­ing it un­til every­body hates it,” she said.

The 30 Rock cre­ator is de­ter­mined not to let that hap­pen.

“It’s the law of di­min­ish­ing re­turns, which is why this is our last time,” she told To­day.

This year’s Globes also marks a re­birth, with Kathy Grif­fin tak­ing over host­ing du­ties from her dear friend the late Joan Rivers on Fash­ion Po­lice for its red car­pet spe­cial.

The 54-year-old won’t be tak­ing pris­on­ers. “In her hon­our, I will not be hold­ing back,” Grif­fin said re­cently. “I am giv­ing no passes, I am go­ing to let peo­ple have it, I’m gonna bring the ham­mer down.”

Ma­jor TV net­works are mostly over­looked for cable and stream­ing sites, par­tic­u­larly in the com­edy cat­e­gories where peren­ni­als like Mod­ern Fam­ily and The Big Bang The­ory have been over­taken by up­starts in­clud­ing Ama­zon’s Trans­par­ent and cable shows Jane The Vir­gin and Sil­i­con Val­ley. True De­tec­tive, Fargo, and The Af­fair picked up mul­ti­ple nods. No sur­prise 32 nom­i­na­tions were for shows screen­ing here on Fox­tel.

Fey and Poehler won’t be short of work in 2015: they’re co-star­ring in Pitch Per­fect di­rec­tor Ja­son Moore’s new com­edy Sis­ters. Fey is also cowrit­ing and pro­duc­ing Net­flix show Un­break­able Kimmy

Sch­midt, star­ring El­lie Kem­per ( The Of­fice) as a for­mer cult mem­ber re­build­ing her life. Fol­low­ing the end of Parks and Recre­ation in Fe­bru­ary, Poehler is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing an un­ti­tled new com­edy for NBC about an athe­ist who in­her­its a church.

Who will dare follow them as Globes hosts next year? “I hope maybe they change their mind,” says Globes ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Barry Adel­man. “(But) I want this to be a great send off. That’s what I’m con­cen­trat­ing on.”

The Golden Globes, Mon­day, Noon/7.30pm, FOX8; Fash­ion Po­lice, Tues­day, 8.30pm, E!

Pic­ture: GETTY

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host­ing the 71st An­nual Golden Globe Awards.

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