Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is not interested in becoming Yahoo's new CEO, and he wants to make that very, very clear.
In an unsolicited statement emailed broadly to reporters on Friday, Hulu said: "As has been reported, Jason Kilar has been a focus of the Yahoo CEO search committee. He has graciously declined to be considered."
Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) has been searching for a new CEO since May, when Scott Thompson was ousted after just four months in the wake of a scandal over his embellished college degree.
The shortlist had been whittled down to two men -- Kilar and Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn -- according to reports this week from outlets including tech blog AllThingsD.
Now that Kilar is out of the running, Levinsohn may soon drop the word "interim" from his title. Levinsohn was Yahoo's media chief before being named to the interim CEO post following after Thompson's hasty exit.
Levinsohn had earlier been rumored as a successor to Carol Bartz, who was fired from Yahoo by phone in September, but instead Thompson took the CEO role in January.
Yahoo's former board reportedly went with Thompson in hopes that an outsider could bring a new, fresh look to Yahoo's turnaround attempt.
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