08/17/2012 06:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld Would Host the Oscars... Under a Few Conditions

By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair


Earlier this month, it was rumored that Jimmy Fallon would host the next Academy Awards, with his former Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels producing. Shortly after, Fallon gracefully set the record straight, revealing that 2013 would not be his year to headline the Oscars. But whose year will it be? In a new episode of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which depicts comedians (or, in this case, one comedian and one comedic actor) getting coffee in one of Seinfeld's cars (this time, a signal-red 1970 Mercedes 280SL), guest Alec Baldwin asks Seinfeld what it would take to get the beloved personality and never-before-Oscar-host up on that Kodak Theater stage. The exchange occurred as the pair took a break from trading Burt Lancaster stories and anecdotes about growing up in Massapequa, New York:

Baldwin: Now, I want to ask you a question. If I produced the Oscars, would you host it?

Seinfeld: If you're producing, and I can talk to you during the broadcast. And you're off camera there. Then, yeah.

Baldwin: I'll be recording the broadcast.

Seinfeld: Sure.

Baldwin: I'll be your Rip Torn.

Academy, please take note!

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