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Conan O'Brien Not Hosting Tony Awards

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 29th 2010 4:52PM
For decades, the Tony Awards have been the pinnacle of American theater, bringing attention to and bestowing praise upon some of the most talented and classiest performers of the stage. Beloved composer Stephen Sondheim. Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. And, of course, the Masturbating Bear.

Actually, scratch that last one.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for Conan O'Brien have announced that the lanky comedian has decided not to host the Tony Awards. Rumors had surfaced over the weekend that CBS, which airs the show, had contacted O'Brien regarding the emcee position, which last year was ably handled by Neil Patrick Harris.For decades, the Tony Awards have been the pinnacle of American theater, bringing attention to and bestowing praise upon some of the most talented and classiest performers of the stage: Beloved composer Stephen Sondheim; legendary choreographer Bob Fosse; and of course, the Masturbating Bear.

Actually, scratch that last one.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for Conan O'Brien have announced that the lanky comedian has decided not to host the Tony Awards. Rumors had surfaced over the weekend that CBS, which airs the show, had contacted O'Brien regarding the emcee position, which last year was ably handled by Neil Patrick Harris.

But while O'Brien certainly would have been an interesting choice to say the least -- we're guessing most Broadway stars aren't used to being grilled by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, for instance -- the fit seemed to be iffy at best. Add in possible legal troubles regarding O'Brien's severance deal with NBC, which restricts his ability to appear on television, and it's no surprise that the ousted 'Tonight Show' host decided to pass on this opportunity.

So where does that leave the Tony Awards, which are scheduled to air on Sun., Jun. 13th? Considering that last year's ratings were actually up, we think a return for Harris would be in order, as the versatile 'How I Met Your Mother Star' has proven that he can successfully bring Broadway to mainstream audiences. And after all, they could certainly do worse.

Just ask the bear.

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