This year's Academy Awards host, actor Neil Patrick Harris, says he's unsure he would ever want to tackle the telecast again.
"I don't know that my family nor my soul could take it," Harris, 41, told HuffingtonPost.com with a laugh. "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."
The former "How I Met Your Mother" star told the website, "I was glad we got through it, and I thought that those in the audience at the Dolby [Theatre] seemed to be enjoying themselves more as the show went on, when I was told that the opposite would be true." He explained that he was warned that as the show progresses, "four-fifths of the room" doesn't win and so "they get less enthusiastic and less excited. And I felt while we were doing it that people were enjoying themselves more and more, so for that I'm happy."
The telecast of the 87th Academy Awards received mixed reviews and -- averaging at 36.6 million viewers -- was the least-watched show in six years, according to Nielsen ratings. Harris acknowledged social-media criticism of his performance, saying, "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."
He added, "And 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."