The British comic who vied with Rainn Wilson for August's Worst Flop honors today took Wilson's old job hosting the Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 21.

Not quite what we'd call a huge step up for the organizers, but, said Spirit Awards executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey in a statement, "He's a brilliant actor and comedian whose style and accent will bring an international flair to the event." In other words, Ricky Gervais turned them down. [The Envelope]