Neil Patrick Harris returns to host the Tonys


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Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th annual Tony Awards, two years after his well-received first stint. “I’m honored and stoked to have been asked to host,” said Harris.  “It should be a great show — we’ve got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises, and since they’re closed for retooling, we’re using all the rigging equipment from Spider-Man. What could possibly go wrong?”

The 2011 Tony Awards, which will air live on CBS on June 12, will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. In 2010, Kirshner and Weiss, along with host Neil Patrick Harris, earned a Creative Arts Emmy Award on behalf of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program. “We’re thrilled to have Neil back as our host,” said Kirchner and Weiss. “And we’re even happier he fits in the Spider-Man rigging.”

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  • Bobby’s Robot

    Good news!

  • Buffy0531

    I want him to host the Emmys, heck, why not the Oscars!?! At least he is genuinely funny, can sing, and people seem to really like him in general. After the last Oscars fiasco, they need to rethink. NPH would be great for any of these awards shows!

    • Films23

      He would be FANTASTIC for the Oscars!

  • melissa

    Well at least I won’t have trouble sleeping that night.

  • Bad Idea

    Love having NPH back to host the Tonys. Too bad he can’t host all of’em!

    • Leo

      Oh he can and he should. I think that the public should vote for the Oscar host. I would have at least picke NPH to host with Anne Hathaway. The chemistry would have been great.

  • Jethro

    Thank God it isn’t Chris Rock as originally printed. NPH did a great job with the Emmys a few years back and did the same for the Tonys. This show consistently does well in the ratings, mainly because of the entertainment value. The performances from nominated musicals are usually very good and the speeches are genuine.

  • Snsetblaze

    That comment about the Spiderman rigging was hilarious. Let’s hope it comes true …

    • mojorisin

      Cannot We find someone who is not a Tuutie Fruttie to host the ceremony

      • michael

        perhaps we could ask your same sex partner to butch it up a bit for the program

      • Leo

        I thought it was spelled tootie fruity. Wow!

      • cameobrooch

        I think it’s spelled tutti frutti

      • Ian

        Cannot we find???? WTF does that mean? Were you taking a wild guess at trying to say “Can we not find?”. Here’s a tip….if you’re scared of the tutti fruttis, maybe you should skip the show that bestows awards to lavish Broadway musicals. Stick to Sean Hannity and Cops, they’re made just for people like you.

      • cameobrooch

        Actually, I think that Cops has a lot of crossover appeal…men in uniform, etc. Woof, as the kids say nowadays.

  • Clayton

    All awards shows should be hosted by either NPH or Hugh Jackman.

  • rooney72

    A good choice. Maybe you should throw that guy from Glee into the mix; what’s his name, Van Morrison?

    • cameobrooch

      Duh! Van Morrison is that dead guy from The Doors!

      • Ncdrew

        No, Jim Morrison is “that dead guy from The Doors.” Van Morrison is alive and well and still making great music. Matthew Morrison is the singer/actor from Glee. He’s also making great music. His just- released album is fantastic.
        He performed at the Tonys last year and I’d love to see him again.
        Great news about Neil Patrick Harris. He’s warm, funny and entertaining. I’m looking forward to the telecast of the Tony Awards although I wish they’d given some love to Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.

    • Color Me Impressed

      Oh wow, ignorance abound. Matthew Morrison is from Glee, and though hes a great singer, hes nowhere near the artistic genius of Van Morrison, and JIM Morrison is the “dead guy from the Doors”. D*mn people, schools need to start giving out Contemporary Music History classes.

      • Bobby’s Robot

        And classes like Understanding Sarcasm 101.

  • cameobrooch

    Actually, schools need to start teaching courses in recognizing when someone is making a joke in an Internet forum post.

    • Ian

      Yes, I would say that in the case of Coloe Me Impressed and Ncdrew, schools should add “Recognizing Sarcasm” to their curriculum.

      • Bobby’s Robot

        Great minds… Sorry, didn’t see your posts before doing mine.

  • KT

    Jim Morrison may very well be deceased, but he’s not “dead”. His words and music will live on forever.

  • eduard

    More sing-song, hop-along acts for the Tony’s.

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