June 10th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy after hosting the 63rd annual Tony Awards, and now that he’s back for round two he’s got his game plan all worked out.
The key to doing an award-worthy hosting job, he says, is to stay more or less sober, and stay out of the way.
“I feel like when you’re hosting a show, you don’t want to be so egocentric that you make the show about you, so the job is to do something initially that makes them feel comfortable with you, and then pass the buck,” he told Access Hollywood on Thursday.
Working too hard to win over the audience, he said, “just looks desperate.”
After all, he says, “They’re not here to watch me, they’re here to watch the performances and see who wins the awards. So, I just want to make sure I’m not so drunk that I’m slurring,” he joked. “That would be bad.”
The Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
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