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Neil Patrick Harris on Emmys, Tonys and 'How I Met Your Mother' [Video]

July 8, 2011 |  1:45 pm

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"I think it spoke a little bit about the arbitrariness of awards," Neil Patrick Harris says in our webcam chat about his odd experience at last year's Emmys when he lost his third bid for "How I Met Your Mother," but — surprise — won two other statuettes for his guest role on "Glee" and for hosting the Tony Awards.

"Awards are very interesting and strange," he adds, acknowledging how the Emmys can be "ironic and awesome" when you win for unexpected things. But as he enters another Emmy derby, he hopes that his weekly TV series gets attention in many categories, especially directing and writing.

"I'm really proud of 'How I Met Your Mother,' so I hope that the hosting things don't overshadow that because I feel that, as a show, it's underappreciated," he says.

Recently, Harris has excelled spectacularly as host of the Tony and Emmy ceremonies. In our webcam chat, he dishes at length about what went on behind the scenes at the recent Tonys and on his general philosophy of what makes a good host of award shows.

"You have to be like a ringmaster in a circus, a great variety show host," he says, "but you also have to be a fan of the art.... All of this is a big one-off crap shoot. Sometimes things go fantastic and sometimes they don't land, and there's no way to judge ahead of time."

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— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys last month. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press.

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