Jimmy Fallon is reportedly a shoe-in for hosting next year’s Oscars, following in the footsteps of fellow Saturday Night Live alums Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, and Steve Martin.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the talk show host is in talks to host the 2013 awards ceremony, with SNL creator Lorne Michaels helming the production. The only problem? The Oscars are typically aired on ABC, the heated rival of NBC, which is home to Jimmy’s Late Night show.

While other talk show hosts like David Letterman and Jon Stewart have emceed the awards ceremony in the past, neither were in direct competition with any late night show on ABC (David hosted in 1995 before ABC had its own late night show, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart airs on a cable network).

It essentially comes down to a battle of the Jimmys, as ABC’s own late night program, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is on par with Jimmy Fallon’s show in terms of viewership. But since Jimmy Kimmel is already hosting the Emmy Awards, that automatically puts him out of the running as an Oscars host.

One key person who’s reportedly unhappy with Jimmy Fallon hosting the Oscars? Bob Iger, the chief executive of Disney, which is also ABC’s parent company.

The choice ultimately comes down to the producer of the Oscars, who gets the final say in selecting the host. And if Lorne is indeed tapped to produce the awards show, we’re willing to bet Jimmy Fallon will be along for the ride.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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