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Currently starring in Promises, Promises on Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth, actor Sean Hayes has been asked to host The 64th Annual Tony Awards, which will air live from New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Hayes has some big shoes to fill, as last year's host, Neil Patrick Harris, garnered rave reviews for his utterly entertaining quips and musical performances. But anyone who watched Hayes steal the show week after week on NBC's now-defunct Will & Grace should have no doubt about the actor's ability to bring the funny. And Hayes will not just be the host of the Tonys; he could walk away a winner, too, as he is nominated for his current role opposite Chenoweth.
Hayes was recently singled out by a Newsweek writer who said openly homosexual actors can never be convincing in heterosexual roles, to which Chenoweth blasted with her own retort.
"As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh's horrendously homophobic 'Straight Jacket,' Chenoweth wrote in the Comments section. "From where I stand -- on stage, with Hayes, every night -- I've observed nothing 'wooden' or 'weird' in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a 'pink elephant' in the Broadway Theater. The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes' performance for its highest honors this year."
The Tonys are scheduled to air Sunday June 13 on CBS.
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