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Why Jimmy Fallon Won't Host Oscars: 'It's Not My Year'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 9, 2012 at 2:23PM

ABC is the reason Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars this year. After all, his late night talk show is on rival network NBC, duking it out with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. And Disney chairman Robert Iger is leading the fundraising camapign for the Academy's new Motion Picture Museum.
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Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon

ABC is the reason Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars this year. After all, his late night talk show is on rival network NBC, duking it out with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. And Disney chairman Robert Iger is leading the fundraising camapign for the Academy's new Motion Picture Museum.

And evn if NBC's "Saturday NIght Live" producer Lorne Michaels winds up producing the show, Fallon won't be the host. He revealed this to Matt Lauer live from London on The Today Show: “No, I’m not doing the Oscars. It’s an honor to be asked, but it’s not my year.”

Outgoing AMPAS president Tom Sherak threw out the possibility to Michaels and Fallon before alerting Disney and ABC. And incoming president Hawk Koch didn't know about it either. Sherak had recently closed the deal extending the Oscar Show on ABC through 2020. Technically, it appears that Fallon didn't actually get a real offer to host. Which is why it isn't his year.

UPDATE: THR reports that Michaels has bowed out.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.