Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards four times, but it doesn’t look like he has the same resolve to return for the Oscars. The 2015 Academy Awards ceremony aired to mixed reviews, with the worst calling it the most boring awards show in recent memory. Given all the stress and hard work it takes to pull off theatrics of this magnitude, Harris’ future with hosting the Oscars is not bright.

Harris sat down with The Huffington Post for an interview recently, during which time the outlet asked him about his feelings towards returning to host the 2016 Oscars. He said,

I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it. It’s a beast. 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.


A lot goes into making the Oscars ceremony a reality, and even more work was required of Harris, since he opened the show with an elaborate musical number. Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez of Frozen were the ones who wrote the music for "Moving Pictures," a tribute to film. The "amount of time" Harris mentioned likely refers to the numerous rehearsals with Jack Black, who crashed the sketch; Anna Kendrick, who reprised her Cinderella role from Into the Woods; and all his background dancers.


Despite Harris’ reservations to return, a recent viewer poll reveals that most of us want him to come back for the 2016 Oscars. Penn Schoen Berland interviewed 360 Oscar viewers between the ages of 13 and 59. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 71% of those polled wanted to see Harris host again, 32% gave his hosting turn an A rating, and 43% gave him a B.

After last year’s entertaining telecast with Ellen DeGeneres, the pizza delivery guy and epic selfie seen around the Internet, Harris’ turn this year fell flat. Indiewire critic Liz Shannon Miller says "it fell out of sync at key points," while Variety’s Brian Lowry blamed the telecast’s "clunky" and drawn-out scripted material for the shortcomings. At the very least, we were all glad that we didn’t have to sit through anything as bad as Seth MacFarlane’s "We Saw Your Boobs."

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