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Neil Patrick Harris returns to host the Tonys

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Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th annual Tony Awards, two years after his well-received first stint. “I’m honored and stoked to have been asked to host,” said Harris.  “It should be a great show — we’ve got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises, and since they’re closed for retooling, we’re using all the rigging equipment from Spider-Man. What could possibly go wrong?”

The 2011 Tony Awards, which will air live on CBS on June 12, will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. In 2010, Kirshner and Weiss, along with host Neil Patrick Harris, earned a Creative Arts Emmy Award on behalf of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program. “We’re thrilled to have Neil back as our host,” said Kirchner and Weiss. “And we’re even happier he fits in the Spider-Man rigging.”

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