Jimmy Kimmel for Oscars host?

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2012 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party at Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Kimmel is moving to the heart of late-night on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 to face Jay Leno and David Letterman. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, file)

It's a tad early to start rehearsing musical numbers and writing inappropriate jokes about Hollywood's elite for everything to be topical in 359 days, but that hasn't stopped everyone on the planet from speculating about next year's Academy Awards.

This year, Seth MacFarlane's performance elicited reviews ranging from, "Meh" to, "Is this misogynistic toddler seriously singing about boobs at the Oscars?"  He's already announced that he has no desire to return as host. Much to the chagrin of people who enjoy laughter, Tina Fey refuses to throw her hat in the ring. Enter: Jimmy Kimmel.

Turns out that he's the frontrunner for the gig and that ABC is pushing him to take it on. Because, really, who wouldn't want to stand up in front of millions of people and shoulder the responsibility of being the name and face associated with single most self-indulgent night of Hollywood's love affair with itself? You just have to be charming, edgy (but not too edgy), and dignified (but not so dignified that you alienate 18-35-year-old males). It's literally that easy. A stoned James Franco could probably even pull it off.

Oh, wait. That's right. [New York Post]