Neil Patrick Harris was Offered The Late Show, Declined

Neil Patrick Harris was Offered The Late Show, Declined

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The 67th Annual Tony Awards - ArrivalsActor, singer, Broadway star, and father Neil Patrick Harris nearly added late-night talk show host to his resume when he was asked to take over The Late Show.

“They called me in and sat me down and asked if that would be something I’d be interested in doing,” Harris told Howard Stern on his radio show May 14. “I have a good relationship with CBS from How I Met Your Mother.”

While Harris felt “very good” about CBS’s Les Mooves asking him about the role, he knew his interest wasn’t strong enough for the show.

“In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skill sets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] with [Moonves], so I was surprised he pitched me the idea,” Harris said.

Talk show hosts don’t seem to mesh with Harris’s creative personality.

“I told him the things that concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig, that I think I would get bored of the repetition fast and that the structure of it is so set, that I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, musical act, goodnight.”

He may not like the idea of a talk show every day, but he does like the idea of a weekly show.

“I like this weekly variety show,” he said. “A weekly thing, you’d have more time to prep for stuff, you could do pre-taped stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out a bit more, have more acts and not just do nightly.”

Steven Colbert will succeed David Letterman on The Late Show in 2015.

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