Tina Fey To Host The Oscars? Here's What She Said

With Amy Poehler at her side, Tina Fey has had a good amount of success hosting events, but thus far her game has been kept limited to just the Golden Globes. Because she is just that good, one has to wonder if she would ever be game to host the Oscars... but her answer to that question may actually surprise you.

Thanks to the Emmy nominations for Netflix's The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Fey has been doing the press rounds recently, and it was while talking to Deadline that the actress/writer/producer revealed her Academy Award aspirations: she wants to produce, not host. She explained,

Gosh. I was going to start saying, 'I don’t want to host the Oscars, but someday I’d produce the Oscars.' I feel like I could bring it in to time, and that’s the only thing I have to offer. I feel like I could make the necessary cuts for it to be the right length. So I would do that.

Hosts of the Academy Awards have spent decades and decades joking about just how long the entire Academy Awards ceremony is, so it would be a nice change of pace to see Tina Fey try and make the whole thing actually fit within its scheduled block. Typically, the show is slotted for a three hour slot, but we haven't actually seen a ceremony under that runtime since 1981 (according to Slate). In fact, the longest it ran was in 2002, when the damn thing took nearly four and a half hours to bring to a close.

We can perhaps hope that one day Tina Fey will decide to produce the Academy Awards (or better yet, host it), but the reality is that right now she is a bit too busy for that. Not only is she hard at work on the second season of the amazing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but she is also now developing a brand new pilot on NBC. She is also starring alongside Amy Poehler in the new Jason Moore comedy Sisters (arriving in theaters on December 18th), and most recently wrapped production on the Glenn Ficarra and John Requa-directed war comedy Fun House (which also features Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, and Josh Charles.

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