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Neil Patrick Harris Tells Howard Stern He Was Offered Job as Letterman's 'Late Show' Replacement: AUDIO

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Neil Patrick Harris sat down with Howard Stern today to talk about his career, how coming out affected it, and what we may see from him in the future. The former star of How I Met Your Mother and current glamazon of Broadway (in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) told Stern that CBS approached him to host the Late Show after David Letterman bid the program farewell. NPH was looking for something a little more theatrical, though.

Vulture reports:

"[Les Moonves and CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler] called me in and sat me down and asked if [Late Show] was something I'd be interested in doing," Harris says. "In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skillsets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] … so I was surprised he pitched me that idea," he says. He wasn't interested in the 11:30 slot, nor was he interested in the 12:30 one. "I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set," Harris says. "I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night."

Which is not to say Harris wouldn't be interested in another kind of show. "I liked this weekly variety thing," he says. "I think if it's weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit on there, then you're gonna get the guests to want to come on there — a weekly thing you'd have more time to prep for stuff, you could pre-tape stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out more."

Would you want to see what Doogie Howser, M.D. could bring to the variety show format? Sound off in the comments below.

And listen to NPH's interview with Stern, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Patrick Harris On Why He Loves Performing 'Hedwig': VIDEO

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Openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris spoke with the Associated Press recently about why he enjoys performing as the titular character of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

He said that the repetition of doing the show every day gives him a chance to really enjoy the performance again and again, especially compared to his one-shot hostings of the Tony Awards.

Harris has been getting great press since his role was first announced. Good Morning America provided a behind-the-scenes look of the musical and some the show's proceeds will go towards helping LGBT youth. Plus, fans  also have the Hedwig sequel to look forward to.

Harris/Hedwig even sat on Towleroad founder Andy Towle's face — Andy advises people watching in the first few rows to prepare themselves.

Watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Patrick Harris Sat On My Face Last Night and I Loved It

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NPH on Instagram: "Calm before the glitter storm. Sitting alone on a quiet stage before the @hedwigonbway opening tonight. What a ride it's been..."

Neil Patrick Harris turns in an incredibly funny, emotional, physical performance in an updated Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. I was lucky enough to see the opening last night and suggest you get your tickets now.

The Hollywood Reporter notes in its review that Harris is "beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe." I'd have to agree.

Writes Ben Brantley in a NYT rave:

Mr. Harris has much more than marquee and recognition value. He also has a master entertainer’s gift for making the rough go down smoothly. And what might be distasteful from other mouths — including raunchy double entendres that deserve (and receive) rimshots — sounds delicious coming from his. From the moment his Hedwig makes her David Bowie-esque entrance, we’re his to do what he will.

That includes a certain amount of manhandling, if I may use so sexist a verb. In song and guttural speech, Hedwig is an aggressive narrator. (Note to front-row audience members: Don’t wear anything expensive.)

Brantley is right, I can say from experience. At a certain point in the show I was shocked as Hedwig climbed down from the stage, mounted the arms of my chair, straddled my face, and pulled my head in for a prolonged and passionate 'angry inch' faux-job to the squeals and delight of the audience. And of course I loved every minute of it.


Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 10 — RECAP

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something halleloo: It's the runway of the brides, except this white wedding has a gender-bending twist. The female partner is decked out in a tux and their husbands-to-be are transformed by the remaining queens into beautiful(ish) brides.

Move over, Macklemore and Queen Latifah, there's a new marriage equality master in town, and RuPaul be her name.

Find out who said YASSSSSS to the dress, and how we ranked the queens this week, AFTER THE JUMP

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Dish with RuPaul on the Secret to Their Successful Relationship: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are set to guest judge on tonight's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, aptly titled 'How I Met Your Drag Mother.'

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The power couple also reveals the secret to their successful relationship, with Burtka telling Ru "never go to bed angry."

"Yeah" Harris quips, "I haven't slept in six months."

[Correction: This post originally mentioned that Harris and Burtka are married. The two are engaged]

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'GMA' Goes Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' with Neil Patrick Harris: VIDEO

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GMA talks with composer Stephen Trask and creator and originator John Cameron Mitchell, actress Lena Hall, and Neil Patrick Harris about the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens this month

Harris says he's becoming "manorexic" in watching his weight over the transformation but says what gives him the most enjoyment is seeing the "journey" taken by audience members during the production:

"For me, it's fun to play Hedwig and start the show with a lot of people kind of quizzically staring at me and thinking it's for shock value and by the end feeling like they're united with her."

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