Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is on a roll with the scoop this week! Multiple sources have confirmed to Ausiello that Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21st on CBS.
From the Ausiello Report:
An official announcement is expected early next week.
As pointed out by Variety, which was first to report the NPH negotiations, Emmy producers are under pressure to boost the kudocast's ratings and critical reception in the wake of last year's apocalyptic reality quintet train wreck. (The opening "comedy" routinestill gives me nightmares.)
Harris, meanwhile, is coming off of a rapturously received Tony hosting stint. He's also one of CBS' biggest stars, so the cross-promotional possibilities with HIMYM (which kicks off its new season the night after the Emmys) are endless.
It's a no-brainer, folks!
In addition to the brilliant Tony gig, NPH also brought the house down earlier this year as host of the TV Land Awards. Emmy night could be interesting for our beloved host if, as expected, he receives another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
You just have to love Neil Patrick Harris. Time and time again he keeps proving that coming out is actually really great for your career!