Wow, have you heard that Oprah Winfrey's going to host next year's Oscars?

That's news to Academy president Tom Sherak, who told The Hollywood Reporter that no talks have taken place with the former talk show queen.

"The camera loves Oprah. Oprah's a genius. But it's not true, and I don't know where that story even came from," Sherak says.

The story apparently began with a Chicago Sun-Times post that claimed, "Winfrey is topping the list of candidates to host the 84th Oscars."

Sherak explained that choosing a host before a producer just isn't the way things are done. "First, I have to hire a producer, and then the producer comes to the Academy with suggestions for the host. So how could we have a host without a producer?"
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