Neil Patrick Harris to Host Weekly Variety Show for CBS?
As BWW reported yesterday, Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris, once rumored to be a contender to replace David Letterman on THE LATE SHOW, confirmed to Howard Stern that he was, in fact, initially approached to succeed the late-night host. Harris said CBS' Les Moonves and Nina Tassler also offered him Craig Ferguson's spot in the later show, though he eventually turned both gigs down.
"I was surprised he pitched me that idea," Harris said. "I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and that the structure of it is so set, that I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night."
Later in the conversation, the 'How I Met Your Mother' star revealed that he would instead consider serving as host of a weekly variety show for the CBS network. When Stern inquired as to whether Moonves was interested in the idea, NPH shard, "Yeah - he still might be."
Of course, anyone who has seen Harris host the Tony or Emmy Awards knows that he is a natural for the gig. The talented star has offered up everything from rapping with Audra McDonald to dangling from a wire as Spider-Man to starring in last year's spectacular Tony opening number.
Let's keep our fingers crossed!
Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harriscurrently stars as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS television series, "How I Met Your Mother," a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Harris is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his guest-starring role on "Glee" and as host of the 63rd and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He also served as host and producer of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. Harris will next host and produce the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.