Neil Patrick Harris on Emmys Hosting Gig: "I'm Sure Glad It's Over"
Neil Patrick Harris is just callin' it like he sees it. The Broadway veteran and How I Met Your Mother actor shared his sentiments about hosting the Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday, Sept. 23, acknowledging that it may not have been his best gig ever.
"Emceeing the Emmys was fun, but I'm sure glad it's over," wrote a likely tuckered-out Harris. "Looking forward to not hosting anything for a long time."
The 40-year-old actor has hosted numerous awards ceremonies before, including the Tony Awards in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, but his efforts arguably fell short on Sunday, Sept. 22, with numerous fans and celebrities alike tweeting about the event's awkward comedic timing throughout the night.
"Ummmm….Emmys, when will we dispense with the dance montages? No one likes them, y'all," former Goonies actress Martha Plimpton tweeted. "We'd rather hear from the ppl we're honoring."
"Is it just me or is this show really really really weird?" radio host Billy Bush contributed.
Outspoken comedian Michael Ian Black didn't mince words in his criticism of Sunday night's ceremonies. "Next year, spice up the Emmys a little by not having them," he remarked.
The evening featured several dance numbers -- including one prolonged one wherein the Outstanding Choreographer nominees were featured in a series of bizarre dance numbers representing each of the shows.
Even Jimmy Kimmel, who was one of the many comedians who took to the stage for Harris' opening monologue, acknowledged the odd vibes of the show early on during a pre-written bit, in which Harris was also heckled by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, among others (Kevin Spacey's deadpan aside to the camera drew the biggest laughs).
"Can I just give you a smidge of advice?" he asked as he jogged up on stage to join Harris. "Just look around and take it all in, enjoy every second of this, because there's a really good chance they won't ask you back next year. Just something to think about."