Christine Spines
February 20, 2009 AT 05:00 PM EST

Ricky Gervais has revealed on his blog that Hugh Jackman called him a couple times to brainstorm jokes for Jackman’s hosting duties at the Oscars. I don’t know about you, but this news comes as a huge relief. After all the hullabaloo about remaking the Oscars into a lean, mean entertainment machine, I was a little worried when Jackman announced he was concocting “the nightclub of your dreams” — it’s hard not to imagine the cheesiest of Vegas cabarets. But with Ricky Gervais feeding him jokes, I’m reassured that Jackman is ready to dust off the tired old one-liners and really shake things up. Heck, anything is better than the stiff and sanitized material Bruce Vilanch has been cooking up all these years. Now I know they mean business when the producers promise that they’re giving the show a serious makeover. How about you, PopWatchers?

addCredit(“Ricky Gervais: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com; Hugh Jackman: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic.com”)

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