Variety has announced that Neil Patrick Harris will attempt to make the impossible possible in February, when he will host the historically awful Academy Awards show in a way that will not necessarily make everyone want to poison themselves before the night is over.
The Oscars have been the single worst and most boring televised event since first airing 87 years ago, not counting last year’s hilarious hosting efforts from Ellen DeGeneres, who managed to attract the show’s biggest viewership since 2000.
It goes without saying that NPH will knock this gig out of the park — he’s more than proven himself as one of America’s greatest and most entertaining presenting hosts previously onstage at the Emmys and the Tonys.
The great news coincides with the release of Neil’s new book this week, a “choose your own” adventure style autobiography. In it, he explains how he navigated his inevitable “bisexual” phase and reveals the moment he knew he was 100 percent gay.
It happened while he was filming BL Stryker with Burt Reynolds:
“As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth. The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds’ kiss makes you gay.”
And no matter which way you choose to read Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, every ending is the same:
“You are gay. You know that you are; you like that you are; you’re proud that you are. You are totally gay. and now you are totally gay and totally in love, and it’s wonderful.”
Here’s to hoping his Oscars speeches are a little easier to understand.