Neil Patrick Harris To Return As Emmy Host

Emmys Host 2013 Neil Patrick HarrisEXCLUSIVE: Neil Patrick Harris will be pulling double hosting duty for CBS again this year. The How I Met Your Mother star, who is emceeing the 67th Tony Awards next Sunday, also has been tapped to host the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on the network September 22. Harris has become CBS’ go-to guy for high-profile hosting gigs. He’s hosted the Tonys four of the last five times and has now fronted the Primetime Emmys the two most recent times the awards have aired on CBS. Just like when Harris made his debut as Tony and Emmy host in 2009, he is emceeing both awards shows this year. “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” he said. “And what perfect timing — I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.”

Harris has received rave reviews for his hosting turns, winning two Emmys for the 2009 and 2011 Tonys. He also delivered a ratings boost for the Emmys in 2009. “Neil is the quintessential host – engaging, entertaining and a true showman – with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. Added TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, “Four years ago, Neil was an amazing Emmy host and we are excited to have him back.”

Whimsical musical numbers have been a Harris hosting staple. At this year’s Emmys, his talents will be showcased by veteran awards and music show producer Ken Ehrlich, who signed on to executive produce earlier this month. Ehrlich, who called Harris “one of the most versatile artists currently working in television,” has a strong music pedigree, producing the Grammys for CBS, and has worked with Harris on other awards shows.

This year’s Emmys will likely air the night before the final-season premiere of How I Met Your Mother. CBS put the veteran comedy front and center at its upfront presentation two weeks ago, which was kicked off by a musical number by the show’s cast. Star Harris’ presiding over the Emmys will likely give HIMYM’s final chapter an extra boost.

  1. Again? Seriously, I like the guy, but the last interesting awards show host pick was Rebel Wilson at the MTV Movie Awards. Everything else is deja vu.

    1. He does it well, so why the hell not? Time to give him the Oscars, too, as far as I’m concerned

      1. I agree.

        Both he and Hugh Jackman should have a lock on the emcee spots for all major award shows. Always entertaining.

  2. What’s Not To Love About The Talented, Ratings-Getting Neil Patrick Harris. Wish I Could Get Him For My Son’s Soccer Awards Banquet At Round Table Pizza Next Month. I Bet He Could Handle The Hosting Chores With Nary A Spot Of Tomato Sauce On His White Tux Jacket.

      1. Commenter #SHA: I Was Wondering The Same Thing. This Nut Case Must Think That He’s e. e. cummings Taller Twin Brother. You Don’t Miss A Thing.

  3. He is good at this. Heaven knows we have seen so many bad ones. He is confident, funny and smooth.

    1. I never thought about it, but it might be an option. It would be great for Neal who could really settle either in NY or LA and have a steady job for the foreseeable future while raising his kids.

  4. The guy is talented, but I feel like his star has really risen even more over the last 5 years ever since he publicly acknowledged he is gay, which is great for him. And as stated above, he should also be an Oscar host sometime in the future, after HIMYM ends and he’s not so tied to CBS anymore so that ABC would consider him an option.

  5. I’m excited to see this. He’s entertaining. He’s talented. He makes these long shows not so long. I’ll be watching just to see him! Good move.

  6. NPH is hogging all the hosting chores when it’s CBS’ turn to air awards when there are others who are his equal or better that are being screwed. If I were Ferguson after this snub, I’d drop a major-sized hint that maybe when my contract is up, I’ll listen to offers from other networks. He in particular is always disrespected in the late night category at a TV awards show. It’s not just the usual suspects.

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