Did Producers Want Ellen DeGeneres To Host Oscars Over Neil Patrick Harris?!

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Still A Rumor OscarsWas Neil Patrick Harris the producers'  FOURTH choice to host the 2015 Academy Awards? According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor was way down the wish list of celebs to host the big event. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron "begged" last year's host Ellen DeGeneres to return, the newspaper reports. The talk show host helped boost ratings by eight percent for the telecast thanks to her fun antics like the A-list celebrity selfie and pizza delivery to stars in the front rows. But Ellen turned down the big job. They then reportedly turned to comedian Chris Rock who hosted the show back in 2005 but apparently they couldn't come to an agreement with him. The next choice -- which would have been amazing -- was Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus who reportedly turned down the job. Producers then reached out to the ever capable NPH, who has hosted both the Emmys and the Tonys. He accepted the challenge and will now be one award show away from getting the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)  of hosting!.