Yesterday, Yahoo’s CEO search was down to two names: interim CEO Ross Levinsohn and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.
Now it’s down to one. A Hulu spokesperson just sent us a statement confirming that Yahoo was interested in Kilar but that he doesn’t want the job.
As has been reported, Jason Kilar has been a focus of the Yahoo CEO search committee. He has graciously declined to be considered.
As tempting it may seem to run an Internet giant, that may be a smart move. Kilar would be taking over a company that’s been in nonstop turmoil for years. And Levinsohn would likely step down if he doesn’t get the CEO job on a permanent basis. Why walk into that mess?
And, by the way, Yahoo and Hulu are already distribution partners. If Kilar wants to deepen that deal—and possibly sell the company to Yahoo—it can’t hurt to stay on friendly terms with the boss.
A Yahoo spokesperson declined to comment.