Neil Patrick Harris to Host 2015 Oscars

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Doogie Howser. Barney Stinson. Hedwig Schmidt. And now – Oscar Host.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the upcoming  87th Academy Awards ceremony. Producers Craiz Zadan and Neil Meron, who are handling their third straight Oscars telecast, made the hire.

Harris announced his new position via this video link on Twitter, and released a statement with the Academy on his new hire.

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards.  I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” Harris said. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.  To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

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