It isn't true, of course. There's about as much of a chance of that lightweight heartthrob presiding over Hollywood's holy of holies as there is that he'll be nominated for best supporting actor for his campy, flouncy role in "The Love Guru."
It's also not possible for practical reasons. When I asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for comment on this rumor, PR chief Leslie Unger replied, "The academy has not yet selected a producer for the show and it is the producer's job to secure a host."
The tabloid quotes "a source" saying, "Justin is more than a singer, he's a song-and-dance man -- and turned in a performance (at the ESPY Awards) any comedian would envy. Our first question was, 'Can we get him?'"
That's pretty funny, and pretty preposterous. Ha! But it makes for tabloid fodder, I guess. But, hey, let's give Justin a break, OK? Not only did he handle the ESPYs deftly but he's maintained such dignity and class when getting doused in green slime while emceeing the Kids' Choice Awards. Let's not forget that.
So that lead us to ask you.