Oscar Producers Respond to Report that Neil Patrick Harris Was Back-Up Plan for Hosting Role

October 25, 2014 2:32 AM

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ABC/Mark Ashman(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of the 2015 Oscars telecast say a report claiming Neil Patrick Harris was their fourth option to host the show isn't quite accurate.

The Hollywood Reporter claimed earlier this week that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron initially "begged" the 2014 host, Ellen DeGeneres, to take on the role again. When she said no, the publication reported, the producers expressed interest in Chris Rock and later Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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