Neil Patrick Harris, who these days is hosting every public function up to and possibly including the annual three-legged race at the Boca Raton Senior Citizens Center, hinted this week he'd emcee the Oscars if asked.
Yes, it is officially a slow news day.
With successful stints hosting the Tony and Emmy award ceremonies behind him, Harris was asked in Las Vegas this week when he'll host the Oscars.
"When they ask me?" he replied.
Wow, talk about going on a limb. Of course he would host the Oscars if they asked him. What kind of career-sabotaging wingnut would turn down the job?
Oh, yeah, Eddie Murphy.
You get the feeling, though, that Harris would relish the opportunity. So he's not going to blow it by being unpolitic about the subject.
"That's the kind of question if you say, 'No, I don't want to do it,' you look like a (expletive)," he said. "And if you say, 'I'm dying to do it,' you look like a (expletive). So you're kind of left in the middle."
In September, Harris will host the Emmys for a second time. He has hosted the Tony Awards four times.
The Oscars are seemingly looking for a host who can truly anchor the show, after hit-and-miss recent stints by Seth MacFarlane, Billy Crystal, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, Jon Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres.
MacFarlane, the most recent host, was blasted as being juvenile, misogynistic and crude during his hosting performance. The telecast also drew a sizable audience -- 40.3 million viewers -- proving a long-held theory that juvenile, misogynistic and crude people tend to watch a lot of television.
Producers reportedly wanted MacFarlane back next year, but he has turned them down.