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Video Gallery: Neil Patrick Harris and Other Awesome Hosts of the Tony Awards

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Hey everyone, remember that rumor floating around that Neil Patrick Harris was going to host this year's Tony Awards? Well, it's not a rumor anymore! On Tuesday, it was announced that Harris will, in fact, emcee the 2011 ceremony. In the press release, Harris notes that he's both “honored” and “stoked” to have been asked to host. “It should be a great show,” he says. “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?” Ceremony producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss go on to say that they're thrilled to have him, and that they're “even happier he fits in the Spider-Man rigging.”

This, of course, is awesome news. In fact, except for the years where they decide to do something silly and have no host, the Tonys are generally known for their awesome choice in hosts. Therefore, in honor of Neil Patrick Harris and the spectacular job he will undoubtedly do, here's a look at some of the best hosts in recent Tonys history:

2010: Sean Hayes
Will and Grace star Sean Hayes hosted last year's ceremony, in which he was also up for the Best Actor in a Musical award for Promises, Promises. By the time of the awards in June, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had already seen the first of its many, many opening night delays (it was originally scheduled to open in February of 2010), so naturally the jokes were already surfacing. This clip makes me wonder if maybe the creative team of Turn Off the Dark missed an opportunity here…

2009: Neil Patrick Harris
Yep, our beloved NPH has hosted the Tonys before! We've covered this briefly earlier, but just in case you need a reminder, here's why we're so psyched that he's coming back again this year:

2008: Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi is a familiar face at the Oscars, having hosted that event four times; however, she also hosted the Tonys in 2008. The running gag during that year's ceremony inserted Whoopi into iconic scenes of well-known musicals like Spamalot and Mary Poppins, which, naturally, resulted in much hilarity. Whoopi is one of those people who's at the top of my list of people I'd really like to sit down and have lunch with one day. Here's a collection of her funniest Tony moments:

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