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Emmys Host Neil
Patrick Harris Teases
What to Expect at This
Year's Show: 'There
Might Be Some Magic'

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This year’s host of the Emmy Awards—former child star and How I Met Your Mother stud Neil Patrick Harris—is no stranger to award shows; not only did he host the Emmys in 2009, but he also won an Emmy in 2010 for hosting the Tony Awards

Still, NPH is trying his hardest to make sure every award show he takes part in is still legend—wait for it…—dary!

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The 40-year-old dad of two sat down with Entertainment Weekly and offered some insight on what the show has to offer, and how hosting stays exciting year after year.

“I don’t want to seem like I have a routine that I do the same way every time,” he told the mag. “Having just done the Tonys, I really want to make sure that I’m not just repeating myself like a broken record.”

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Neil added that, “The Emmys are honoring things on the small screen, so you can be a little broader in your scope and break the rules a little bit more. We’re going to do some things that haven’t been done before.”

As for what he’s doing that hasn’t been done before? That’s mostly a secret—for now.  

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He did reveal that there may be some magic elements, and that his plan is “to just do as many Paula Deen jokes as possible.”

“No dunk tanks this year,” he joked, rattling off a list of things you won’t be seeing. “No live animals this year. And I don’t think Ricky Gervais is allowed. SO that’s all I can tell you.”

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There is one thing that we can’t rule out for sure—a redo of Miley’s VMA performance.

The team at EW told Neil about Lena Dunham’s tweet—that suggested he recreate Miley’s VMA performance with some very dramatic twists.

The funyman was uncharacteristically stoic.  

“Goddamnit,” he said. “How did that leak?”