We Accept Neil Patrick Harris' Emmys Apology. Where's the "Sorry" From These Hosts?

The actor shared his regrets about this year's show -- but he is not the host that we were hoping would do that

Recall this year's Emmys? Remember that, despite unexpected highlights like Merritt Wever's speech, there was a lot not to love? Well, host Neil Patrick Harris does, too, and he expressed some regrets about it on Thursday, during an interview on Watch What Happens Live.

In the clip below, he addresses the overall somber tone of the evening, which definitely bummed out viewers and audience members alike.

 

Basically, Harris acknowledged that the decision to single out five deceased celebrities for special recognition (in addition to the standard "in memorium" segment) was well intentioned, but not well thought out. As USA Today's Robert Bianco pointed out, "building the three-hour-plus broadcast around five special memorials to departed stars [set] a glum tone while opening the show up to criticism over the choices."

"It made everyone get really sad and then it was my job to bring it all back up," said Harris. "So, I think probably we should’ve condensed that and done it as one little moment.” 

While Harris' apology is appreciated, the sad Emmys weren't entirely his fault. Presumably the show's producers had something to do with forcing all those memorials on us.

Meanwhile we can think of three award show hosts from the recent past who actually still owe us an apology:

Seth "We saw your boobs" McFarlane used his 2013 Oscar hosting gig as a platform for a slew of racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes. His usual target audience -- adolescent boys -- might have enjoyed it, but by and large most critics hated it. Watch a montage of his tasteless remarks here:

James Franco seemed bored while hosting the 2011 Oscars, which is why so many of us at home thought he might be high. Click here for a whole list of sour reviewer critiques. But was Franco high? No way, he told Dave Letterman. "I love her," he said. "But Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tazmanian devil would look stoned standing next to her." True enough. But their hosting stint together was still a disaster.

Jimmy Kimmel wasn't a bad host of the 2012 Emmy Awards. But his prank with Tracy Morgan -- he told viewers to tweet that Morgan passed out on stage -- fell flat.

Sure, it sparked 25,000 tweets. But…well, big deal. The idea itself turned out to be funnier than the execution. As Omar Epps tweeted:

No apologies are necessary, Jimmy. The rest of the show was pretty good. Next time, though, you may want to limit your pranks to actually funny stuff -- like twerking women starting fires.

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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