Neil Patrick Harris: I doubt I’ll host the Oscars again

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Actor Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during Neil Patrick Harris: In Conversation in the AT&T Studio during the 2017 Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

Neil Patrick Harris has said he doesn’t expect to return to host the Oscars again – branding them a “beast”.

The former How I Met Your Mother star hosted this year’s ceremony, taking over from former host Ellen DeGeneres.

However, his routine met with a mixed reception from viewers – and the out star has admitted he doesn’t expect to return.

He told 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.

“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.

“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.

“So my job was to try and keep things as light and specific to this year’s set of films as possible. And if people are critical of that, it’s a big giant platform, so I would assume that they would be.”

The Imitation Game – which is based on the life of gay codebreaker Alan Turing – was nominated for eight awards this year, picking up the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay.