Neil Patrick Harris’ Soul Can’t Handle Another Oscars

Internet, we broke NPH. Our snarky subtweets, Tumblr rants, and scathing blog posts have scared the actor away from hosting the Oscars ever again.

Despite polls indicating the viewers would generally want him to return, Neil Patrick Harris admitted to the Huffington Post, “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.”

When asked if he’d been following the Oscars feedback, Harris offered some perspective about the detailed preparation it actually takes to put on the live show.

“I didn’t keep up with it obsessively, but it was interesting to see just what people thought landed and didn’t. It’s so difficult for one who’s simply watching the show to 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,” said Harris. “And I’m not saying that to defend everything I said as if it was the absolute best choice, but it’s also an award show, and you’re powering through 14 acts filled with 20 plus awards.”

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Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.