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Neil Patrick Harris: Will He Host The Oscars Again?

Thu, March 5, 2015 1:30pm EDT by 2 Comments

The votes have been cast and Neil Patrick Harris’s turn hosting Oscars was definitely not award winning. But will thumbs down from his critics keep Neil from hosting the show again?

Now that Neil Patrick Harris41didn’t take home the award for ‘Best Performance as an Oscar Host’, despite putting up some memorable moments, does the How I Met Your Mother star want to host the show again?

Neil Patrick Harris Hosting Oscars Again? — He Says He Won’t Do It

Neil’s turn at hosting the Academy Awards included an epic opening number and a Birdman spoof that stripped Neil down to his briefs, leaving the audience impressed with the size of his… talent. But after taking a beating in the press and the amount of work it took, Neil clearly doesn’t see a need for a sequel.

“I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it,” Neil said in a new interview with the Huffington Post. “It’s a beast.”

Still, Neil’s says he’s fine with his performance and that it satisfied a professional goal. “It was fun to check off the list, but for the amount of time spent and the understandable opinionated response, I don’t know that it’s a delightful balance to do every year or even again.”


Oooh. “Opinionated response” means the thumbs down most critics gave Neil’s hosting performance. But as Neil points out, it takes a lot of work to host the Oscars and he’s unsure if audiences are fully aware of that.

And as for his critics, they might not “realize just how much time and concession and compromise and explanation has gone into almost every single thing. Every joke. Wording of joke. Placement of joke. Canceling of joke. Embellishment for just one line.” Yikes!

Not to mention, last year’s host was Ellen DeGeneres and that’s at tough act to follow.

NPH Gets Mixed Reviews As Host

With his performance getting mixed reviews, we can see why Neil isn’t jumping to host the show again. Hopefully he heard all the fans who LOVED his turn as Oscars host as well, including those here at who heart NPH and thought that he was a hit.

Neil said that during the 2015 Oscars, his job “was to try and keep things as light and specific to this year’s set of films as possible. And if people are critical of that, it’s a big giant platform, so I would assume that they would be.” We can respect that. But don’t pay any attention to the haters, Neil. You hosted the Oscars! Now it’s time to go win one.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you sad that Neil is not coming back to the Oscars? Who do you think should host next year’s ceremony? Let us know!

— Jason Brow