Yes, world, we are in just as much shock as you are!
Neil Patrick Harris would've been a GREAT first choice! Have the producers over at the Oscars not seen any of his prior hosting gigs?
The Tonys? The Emmys? The list goes on and on!
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However, before we all get in a hissy fit over why NPH wasn't the immediate choice, here's the reason why they didn't initially go with the How I Met Your Mother star:
They wanted Ellen DeGeneres to host again.
Mainly because the hostess with the mostess increased viewership when she hosted, not to mention that epic billion dollar Twitter selfie that happened during the show as well — Ellen was a HIT!
But clearly the comedienne politely declined the gig and the search began for another host!
Next on the list was Chris Rock, but when that idea failed, producers went on to contact Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who declined the offer.
Finally the producers brought the opportunity to NPH who accepted the position wholeheartedly!
It's safe to say he was waiting to cross that item off his bucket list for a while!
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Now it all makes sense as to why Neil wasn't the first choice, but it's safe to say we're all excited to see what he has to offer to the Academy Awards next year!
He has some big shoes to fill!
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