Jimmy Fallon won’t host the Oscars

Late last week, rumours that NBC’s adorable Late Night host Jimmy Fallon was being courted to host the 2013 Oscar ceremony flitted around the web.

Deadline now reports that outgoing Academy president Tom Sherak was unable to close a deal with Fallon, and also failed to recruit Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) as the show’s producer.

Insiders claim broadcasters Disney/ABC did not like the idea of giving such a prominent platform to a personality from a rival station.

New Academy pres Hawk Koch is now on the hunt for someone to steer the February 23rd, 2013 telecast.

We hear Eddie Murphy might be available…

Discuss: Disappointed that Fallon won’t be involved?

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