- The 41-year-old returned to the Oscars’ stage the next morning for a spot on Live With Kelly & Michael to discuss his performance
- The star looked a bit depressed even as his hosts congratulated him
- Neil claimed there was no ‘enhancements’ when he stepped out in only his Y-Fronts during the show
- Ratings for the Academy Awards telecast were down from last year
He said he was nervous about going into hosting the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday.
And nerves must have gotten the best of Neil Patrick Harris as he failed to nail his gig at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood that saw Birdman win Best Picture and Julianne Moore take home the Best Actress trophy.
The day after the Oscars the 41-year-old actor looked dejected as he left a taping of Live With Kelly & Michael in Hollywood. His interview was conducted on the very same stage where the night before he had bombed with poorly received jokes.
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That is not a happy face: Neil Patrick Harris looked depressed when leaving Live With Kelly & Michael in Hollywood the day after his poorly received Academy Awards hosting performance on Sunday
Casual: Dressed down in a blue shirt and jeans and carrying a back pack, the 41-year-old actor was almost unrecognizable from the night before when he modeled several tuxedos
Dressed down in a blue shirt and jeans and carrying a back pack, Neil was almost unrecognizable from the night before when he modeled several tuxedos.
While on Live With Kelly & Michael the TV icon was suited up nicely in a tux but he wore the expression of a defeated champ. Michael Strahan praised Harris’ role on the Oscars, but the compliments still didn’t cheer up the acting vet.
Perhaps the star had just read a Monday report from Deadline where it was revealed the Academy Awards telecast had its lowest ratings in seven years.
Back to the scene of the disaster: While on Live With Kelly & Michael on Monday the host was suited up nicely in a tux but he wore the expression of a defeated champ
That sinking feeling: When leaving a post-Oscar party at The Palm in Beverly Hills just hours after making several ill-received jokes at the Academy Awards on Sunday, Harris looked understandably downcast
Wait until you read your reviews!: Dressed in a blue velvet dinner jacket and black slacks, the How I Met Your Mother star looked like he needed a soft bed to rest in; that is his husband on the left
He had support: Inside The Palm Harris was joined by Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Keith Urban and Cate Blanchett, among others – he is pictured holding the hand of agent Kevin Huvane
Harris seemed to know he didn’t nail his hosting duties even on Sunday night when he was seen leaving a post-Oscar party at The Palm in Beverly Hills.
The How I Met Your Mother star looked understandably downcast.
Dressed in a blue velvet dinner jacket and black slacks, the father of two seemed as if he needed a soft bed to rest in. He was accompanied by his husband. Inside, he rubbed elbows with Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Scarlett Johansson.
Not in good taste: Harris made an ill-timed joke after an award winner’s touching speech; Deadline revealed on Monday the telecast suffered its lowest ratings in seven years
The criticism of Harris’ performance was widespread and brutal.
UsWeekly went so far as to list his top four misfires in a rare takedown.
The first was the Predictions Box. ‘Longtime amateur magician Harris had a long-running bit with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer that got quite boring. He asked the Red Band Society actress to “watch” an envelope placed in a glass box for the duration of the show.’
The site then went after his nearly naked appearance, calling it ‘awkward.’
The American Sniper joke didn’t sit well either. Harris said, Kyle’s ‘160 confirmed kills’ was like ‘a slow morning; for Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein. The site commented that was in poor taste.
‘Takes a lot of balls to wear that dress': The host made light of Dana Perry’s furry dress shortly after she dedicated the win to her son, Evan, who had committed suicide, as she was joined by producing partner Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Also, his one-liner about Reese Witherspoon fell flat. Us said it ‘didn’t receive a laugh-out-loud response from the crowd.’
His worst joke was after Dana Perry dedicated her Oscar win to her son who had committed suicide.
He poked fun at the producer’s outfit that featured furry spheres around it as he said: ‘It takes a lot of balls to wear a dress like that.’
Perry, who was also joined by producing partner Ellen Goosenberg Kent, had just ended their acceptance speech for the Best Documentary, Short Subject with a touching dedication when the host made the quip.
Perry said: ‘I want to dedicate this to my son, Evan Perry, we lost him to suicide. We should talk about suicide out loud. This is for him. Thank you!’
Several viewers took to social networking to complain about the untimely joke such as Twitter user @TajMagruder wrote: ‘When thinking about making a ball joke after a woman mentions her son’s suicide, don’t. (cc: @actuallyNPH)’
When told of the one-liner, The Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 producer seemed to take it all in stride as she said: ‘Well, that is adorable; and I invite anyone to feel my furry balls.’
Uncovered: The Doogie Howser MD star made a reference to Birdman as he appeared in a pair of Y-Fronts during a gag shortly after the untimely joke
Perry also revealed where she got the eccentric ensemble: ‘I went shopping in my mother in law’s attic. She had great style. She’s not with us anymore, but she had great style in the ’60s and ’70s, and this is one of her excellent signature pieces.
‘And I just love to wear it, because I can make ridiculous dirty jokes about it, and it also keeps me warm. You know, I just got the gown to sort of support the balls, you know what I mean? So I can make the jokes if I want.’
After the commercial break, Neil had a bit of fun with doing a Birdman spoof that ended with him hitting the stage in a pair of white Y-Fronts.
The gag began as a director’s voice could be heard looking for the host, the camera then moves into the backstage area only to find Neil with his red robe stuck in a door.
Neil Patrick Harris shows off tighty whities at 2015 Oscars
Comfortable: Neil enjoyed part of the show in his Y-fronts as he watched part of it on a monitor while backstage
Much like Michael Keaton’s character in Birdman, Neil was forced to walk out in his underwear as he even walks past Miles Teller playing drums, a reference to his film Whiplash.
Neil faced the crowd in his underwear while bringing out Miles and Margot Robbie as he said: ‘Acting is a noble profession and the future of our profession is in good hands like our next two presenters.’
The New York Times noted that Neil is in ‘good physical shape’ so there wasn’t ‘much humor or bravery to the sketch, just bravado.’
Tough crowd: Neil had another flub up earlier in the day as he mispronounced one of the presenter’s names multiple times
When Harris appeared on Live With Kelly & Michael, he explained there was extra material in his underwear.
‘No enhancements, but I’ll tell you what happened,’ he said. ‘They always want you to be in funny costumes as the host. … I’m not one for crazy costumes, I don’t love it, but the Birdman bit seemed funny, and so we though it’d be a fun thing to do and it seemed appropriate at the time.
‘So we did the dress rehearsal, and I just had the pair of regular underwear on,’ he continued.
‘But the lights! They see through things! So the Academy or the network or someone said we had to do something so you couldn’t tell my religion, so what they did was they had to take a second pair and sew it to the first to make it so that you couldn’t sort of see through it.’
Asking for help: Harris had David Oyelowo participate in a gag because he believed that jokes would have a funnier punch line if said with a British accent
Another flub from the former Doogie Howser M.D. star came when he repeatedly mispronounced Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name.
When introducing two of the first presenters of the evening he said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen: As Nicole Kidman, Chiwe-del Ejifor.
‘Chiwe-Tell Ejiofor,’ he flubbed once more before finally getting it right as he said: ‘Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman!’
Another interesting moment came when Neil performed a bit with Selma star David Oyelowo as the host believed that jokes would have a funnier punch line if said with a British accent.
Teamwork: Neil set-up the joke as the 37-year-old British actor came in with the punchline
Having fun: The award show took place at their regular venue: The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California
Neil began with the set-up: ‘This year we said goodbye to some beloved movie franchises.’
The 38-year-old British actor continued: ‘We saw the last ever Hobbit movie, the last ever Night At The Museum movie and last ever attempt to remake Annie.’
When the crowd had a lukewarm reaction to the one-liner, David made a hilarious facial and hand gesture indicating that the gag did not exactly work.
The epic hand movement and facial reaction then took on a life of it’s own as a way for fans to express their feelings toward Neil’s performance as host as it was posted throughout Twitter and blogging site Tumblr.
The actor portrayed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma and was given a warm applause for participating in the sketch after failing to grab an Oscar nomination.
‘Oh sure, now you like him,’ Neil quipped as he comically raised the issue of Hollywood’s racial inclusiveness.
Dapper duo: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at Oscars
He’s arrived: Neil hit the red carpet of the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday alongside husband David Burtka as he prepared to host for the first time
OSCAR HOSTS: PAST 15 YEARS
2014: Ellen DeGeneres
2013: Seth Macfarlane
2012: Billy Crystal
2011: Anne Hathaway and James Franco
2010: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
2009: Hugh Jackman
2008: Jon Stewart
2007: Ellen DeGeneres
2006: Jon Stewart
2005: Chris Rock
2004: Billy Crystal
2003: Billy Crystal
2002: Whoopi Goldberg
2001: Steve Martin
2000: Billy Crystal
The former child star, who has been a hit hosting the Emmy and Tony Awards, told Ellen DeGeneres he and his writers had difficulty coming up with material as they kept hearing their gags elsewhere in the run-up to his live broadcast.
‘It’s a tricky process. I’m finding good jokes that we had that are funny and strong, then I’ll watch a late-night talk show and they’ll say the same joke … the Grammys, arrrgh! Saturday Night Live, arrrgh!… I just want everyone to stop talking until Monday!’ he said.
Ellen sympathised, saying she had a similar problem: ‘I was still writing an hour before the show started.’
Among current emcees Billy Crystal tops the list as Oscars’ favourite host with a total of nine times over the years (beaten only by Bob Hope who hosted the ceremony a whopping 18 times).
Ellen has only hosted Hollywood’s biggest night twice (tied with Jon Stewart) while Steve Martin has helmed the event three times and Whoopi Goldberg four times over the years.
Neil Patrick Harris gives insight into hosting the 2015 Oscars
At least his spouse looked happy at one of the after parties: Harris was also glum at the Vanity Fair party as he failed to smile on the carpet