Oprah Winfrey is at the top of the list of candidates for a high-profile television assignment, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The job is host of the 84th Oscars telecast, scheduled for next February.
It’s a suggestion that has also come up in the past, the story notes, but the latest report cites “solid Motion Picture Academy sources.”
It’s also possible there might be a separate deal for a post-Oscars show that would air only on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
ABC would continue to have exclusive rights to Oscars broadcasts, but according to the story the Academy is interested in tapping into the huge Oprah Winfrey fan base who miss her daily syndicated show.