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Jimmy Fallon not hosting Oscars

Comedian was asked, and passed, on Oscar host gig

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  • Published: 16:51 August 9, 2012
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2010 file photo, host Jimmy Fallon presents during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Fallon told Matt Lauer on Wed., Aug. 8, 2012 during a "Today" show broadcast, that he was asked to host next year’s 85th Academy Awards but declined the gig. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Jimmy Fallon says he was asked to host next year’s Academy Awards but declined.

The talk-show host told Matt Lauer Wednesday that “it’s an honour to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”

Fallon, who hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmys, made the remarks during a “Today” show broadcast from London.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The organisation recently elected a new president, Hawk Koch, whose responsibility it is to help select the Oscar telecast producer(s).

Traditionally, the producer(s) then choose the Oscar host. But the academy has not announced its choice for producer(s), yet Fallon’s comments would suggest the process of selecting a host is already under way.

The 85th Academy Awards will be presented February 24, 2013.

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