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Neil Patrick Harris: Actor responds to ‘Late Show’ replacement rumors

Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announces his campaign to give Broadway and live theater productions a major tax break that will encourage investment and spur job creation at Sardi's on April 7, 2014 in New York City.
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David Letterman is retiring from CBS’ “Late Show” and rumors have already started swirling about his replacement. One of those who are being speculated as a potential replacement is Neil Patrick Harris. According to a report by the Hollywood Reporter on April 7, Harris has responded to those rumors.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star didn’t exactly deny the rumors or even the possibility of replacing Letterman. He did however address where his focus is at the moment and that is his current Broadway show, “Hedwig and the Angry Itch.” During a press conference, Harris addressed the speculation.

“I’m super-focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all. But I’m a big fan of CBS and Les [Moonves], so who knows?”

Harris does have experience hosting a prime time event as he has hosted the Emmy Awards twice but admits hosting a show like the “Late Show” on a nightly basis would make him a busy man. In responding to a question on whether hosting would be fun, Harris answered: “It would be an asinine amount of work.”

It would definitely be a challenge for Harris who just finished his ninth and final season of “How I Met Your Mother.” Not only is he a busy actor, he is a father of fraternal twins who he co-parent with his fiancé David Burtka. Replacing Letterman would be an honor for Harris, but will definitely require a lot of his time.

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