Just as we were all gearing up for the likelihood of Jimmy Fallon hosting the Oscars next year, it seems we're going to have to hold our horses (or, for those of us who can't afford horses, kittens) a little longer. The Los Angeles Times reports that outgoing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak had opened talks with the hugely popular funny-man about taking one of the biggest jobs in showbiz as he headed towards the end of his role with the Oscars.
However, with Sherak out the way it's believed that the two parties are now not in discussions anymore, the reason being down to ABC executive and Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger. Iger is wary of Fallon, who's show is on NBC, being in direct competition with his network's Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel already has his own awards show to host, the Emmys, but nevertheless it's believe that Abc and Iger are uncomfortable with giving Nbc's Fallon such a prominent role in the biggest ceremony of them all.
Iger doesn't hold veto power over the decision, but he does have a lot of clout within the Academy, given that they named him chairman of its $250 million campaign to raise money for a new museum in a former building on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus. With that sort of power, it looks like Fallon's hopes of hosting may be over.