Jimmy Fallon Not Hosting Oscars: 'It's An Honor To Be Asked'
Rumors had swirled that late night host Jimmy Fallon could host the 2012 Oscars telecast, with none other than SNL/Late Night producer Lorne Michaels potentially coming aboard to produce the annual extravaganza. Speaking with Matt Lauer Wednesday on the Today show, Fallon seemed to corroborate the speculation but revealed that he will not be hosting.
"No, I'm not going to do the Oscars," Fallon said. "It's an honor to be asked by the Academy, but it's not my year."
So wait — Fallon was asked to host, and he turned them down? Semantics, etc. Between the departure of ex-Academy president Tom Sherak and the new tenure of his successor Hawk Koch, the reported objections ABC had to hiring NBC figure Fallon, and the fact that Fallon's late night rival Jimmy Kimmel is already hosting the Emmys — which Fallon did in 2010 to positive reviews — who knows why the Academy and Fallon couldn't make it happen this year.