Jimmy Fallon is no longer in discussions to host the Oscars in 2013, with talks stalling because of concerns from ABC executives and Disney Chief Robert Iger, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
Iger and other ABC executives didn’t like the idea of giving NBC’s Fallon the platform of the Oscars, even through ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is already tied up with hosting the Emmys, the piece notes.
While Fallon apparently isn’t in the running, Lorne Michaels — the executive producer of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" — may still be in consideration to produce the Oscars telecast, according to the story.
"Though Iger does not hold veto power over the academy’s selection of an Oscar host, he does carry a lot of clout inside the organization. In December, the academy named him chairman of its $250 million capital campaign to raise money for a new museum in a former May Co. building on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus," the article points out.
The Oscars have tapped hosts from rival networks in previous years. In the 1970s and 1980s, Johnny Carson hosted the ABC telecast, even though he worked for NBC; Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s "Daily Show" hosted the show in 2006 and 2008.
Nevertheless, Fallon was more sensitive because his show competes directly with Kimmel’s program, the piece notes.
Fallon hosted the 2010 Emmys, as previously noted, receiving good reviews for his performance.