He may not want to be a late-night talk show host, but Neil Patrick Harris could end up getting his CBS variety show.
In an on-camera interview with Bloomberg Television posted on Thursday, May 15, network chairman and CEO Les Moonves echoes comments the actor made on the X-rated "Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM satellite radio on Wednesday. Harris, who starred in the CBS show "How I Met Your Mother" until it ended its nine-season run in March, said that several months ago, Moonves asked him if he was interested in hosting a late-night talk program on the network in "The Late Show" time slot or an hour later, at 12:30 a.m., when "The Late Late Show" airs.
Harris said he told Moonves that had "no interest in doing 'Monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, goodnight'" and that he pitched a variety series instead.
"After Neil was done, we said, 'Alright, Neil, what do you want to do? What do you want to do? We, you know, what are the possibilities? You wanna come do a new series with us? And we knew probably, 'Letterman' and then 12:30 might be open, there's late night, what do you think about that?" Moonves told Bloomberg. "So it was a very general topic."
"Look, we'd love to have Neil back in the family in any way he wants to do it -- variety, do another comedy, you know, who knows," he added.
Letterman announced on April 3 he planned to retire from "The Late Show," which he created and produces, following months of speculation spurred partially by rival Jay Leno's departure from NBC's "Tonight Show." Stephen Colbert was soon named Letterman's replacement. Less than two weeks later, "The Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson, believed by many to be among several contenders for the job, announced he was leaving his series.
Harris, who lives in Los Angeles with partner David Burtka and their twins, is currently playing the title role of a transgender woman in the Broadway rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Itch." Moonves told Bloomberg he recently watched a performance.
"I just saw him in his play on Broadway and he's amazing, he's a phenomenal," he said. "So he's part of the family. We're very close. He knows my wife and my son and I know his family very well."
(Pictured above: Neil Patrick Harris appears on stage during opening night of the rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Itch" on Broadway in New York on April 22, 2014. Credit: Adam Nemser / Startraksphoto.com)