NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is in discussions to host the Oscars in early 2013, although ABC is reportedly objecting to the comedian from a rival network acting as master of ceremonies, reports the Los Angeles Times.
ABC doesn’t have the authority to veto the choice of emcee, the story notes. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels will be producing the program.
Under outgoing Motion Picture Academy President Tom Sherak, the group started the discussions with Fallon before his term ended on Tuesday, the story notes. The Academy president usually picks the producer of the Oscars telecast, with the producer then picking the host, the article adds.
While the academy puts on the show, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger is said to be displeased with the idea of a personality from a rival network hosting the show. Fallon’s late-night program is in a close race with ABC’s late-night show featuring Jimmy Kimmel.
Fallon hosted the 2010 Emmys, receiving positive reviews. Kimmel is hosting this year’s Emmy Awards, which means he’s not able to host the Oscars, the piece adds.