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Neil Patrick Harris on hosting the Oscars: 'It's a beast'

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Neil Patrick Harris’ hosting stint at this year’s Oscars ceremony was met with mixed reviews. Some jokes landed (“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest—sorry, brightest”) while others fell flat (“Everybody calls her Jenny from the Block, and everybody calls him Chris Pine”). Though the seasoned awards show host has taken on the same stage more than once, he may not be all too eager to head back to the Oscars stage. 

“I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it,” Harris told The Huffington Post. “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.”

Harris went on to describe how he didn’t “obsessively” keep up with the critiques, but said it was difficult for someone watching the show to understand “how much time and concession and compromise and explanation has gone into almost every single thing.”

But, he was happy people the Dolby Theatre audience seemed pleased, even as they sat through 14 acts and more than 20 award handouts.

“I was told that as the room fills, with you know it’s four-fifths of the room didn’t win, and you get further into the award giving they get less enthusiastic and less excited. And I felt while we were doing it that people were enjoying themselves more and more, so for that I’m happy.”