Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host the Oscars for the First Time

by 4:18 PM PDT, October 15, 2014
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Two-time Emmy host and four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris is finally getting shot at the biggest show of them all -- the Oscars.

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The 41-year-old actor has been tapped to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards on February 22, after which he will be able to cross another item off his bucket list which includes performing with the Muppets, rapping with Snoop Dogg and juggling flaming torches, as seen in the video below.

Co-producer Neil Meron also confirmed the news via Twitter, writing:

NPH joins a long list of illustrious hosts, which includes Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres. Harris has a hard act to follow, as last year Ellen drew 43.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched Oscarcast since 2000. And who can forget the most epic selfie ever?!

"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," said producers Meron and Craig Zadan in a release put out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."