Though it's been rumored for a week or two that comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon would be hosting next year's Academy Awards ceremony, it's not been put to rest. Fallon has publicly stated that he will not be the Oscar host.
Fallon told Matt Lauer during a Today Show interview that, while he was offered the gig by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he would not be hosting the 2013 Oscars, as it was "not [his] year." No other reason was given, but I don't think there needs to be. Just being offered the job is huge for Fallon, who has built up a ton of credibility and goodwill for himself since taking over as host of Late Night on NBC. Though he has already hosted a few awards shows -- the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and 2005, the VMAs in 2002 and, most notably, the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010. But the Oscars are a different thing altogether, and Fallon still has everything to lose by not giving a perfect performance. That's almost impossible at the Academy Awards, too, as viewers seem more critical of the host of that show than other awards shows. David Letterman, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Ellen Degeneres are all comedians who have tried their hand at hosting in recent years to mostly negative reviews.
So Fallon has wisely decided to hold out a little longer. If his star continues to rise the way it has in recent years, it's only a matter of time before we see him on stage at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre. There's no rush, and it's good to see Jimmy Fallon being so careful and smart about his career -- at least, as smart as anyone can be that already starred in Taxi.
What comedian would you guys like to see host the Oscars? First person to say "Billy Crystal" loses.
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