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Would Neil Patrick Harris Really Turn Down Hosting the Oscars?

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What with the bang-up job he's done at the Tonys and Emmys, it seems like a given that Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards would be one legen—wait for it—dary emcee gig.

And he's certainly not short of admirers or backers, as his is one of the first and most ardently suggested names that pops up every year when the scramble for an Oscars host begins (good luck with that, Eddie Murphy).

Well, NPH has heard your cries and has one word for those increasingly vocal supporters: stop.

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Apparently the one person who isn't chomping at the bit to see the How I Met Your Mother star host the big show is the man himself.

"I am actively anti-campaigning," he told HitFix.com. "I don't think it's the big job everyone thinks it is. It's one night when people win awards. It's a year's worth of people over-thinking that night.

"Whether it's Oscar campaigns or specific campaigns, and then you have publicists and studios and everyone has such a vested interest in that one night, that it's a pressure cooker."

Not to mention the quick-to-criticize home viewer, who all but made mincemeat out of James Franco and Anne Hathaway this year—something which didn't escape Harris.

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"It's a big deal, but to come out as the host? Unless you are doing Billy Crystal it's really difficult. And I think if you are doing Billy Crystal, I think you get hit for being Billy Crystal, so I think you're a big target regardless of what you do. I mean, look at what happened with Anne and James. They just got slammed for it. Both of them."

Still, that hasn't stopped the über-talented performer from dipping a toe in the Oscar-hosting waters, having opened up the 2010 ceremony before that year's tag-team hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin took over.

Still, while he may be "actively anti-campaigning," he's not about to deprive his fans, and left more than a little wiggle room for a future hosting gig.

"Not at all campaigning," he said. "I'd love to do it, but not at all campaigning."

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