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Octavia Spencer wants Neil Patrick Harris back

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Octavia Spencer wants Neil Patrick Harris back

Octavia Spencer wants Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars again.

The 'Insurgent' actress - who took part in an ongoing Academy Awards sketch with the evening's host - was very impressed with the 'How I Met Your Mother' star's skills at the helm of the prestigious ceremony and thinks he will go down in history as one of the greats.

She told E!: "I hope [he hosts again]. I absolutely do

"I think he's one of the best hosts we've had in a long time. He was reminiscent of the Johnny Carsons and the Billy Crystals. He was amazing. I had a ball playing with him."

However, it seems Octavia is likely to be disappointed as 41-year-old Neil - who has twins Harper and Gideon, four, with husband David Burtka - recently admitted he doesn't think he will return as host because it took up so much of his time and energy.

He said: "I don't know that my family nor my soul could take it.

"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."