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Neil Patrick Harris named 2012 Tony Awards host

Neil Patrick Harris appears at his star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 15, 2011. (Hollywood Chamber of Commerce)

April 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards for the third time, show producers announced Tuesday.

The "How I Met Your Mother" star and stage veteran will return to Manhattan's Beacon Theatre for the ceremony honoring Broadway's best on June 10.

In a statement, the Harris said he was thrilled to host again. "Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show - or five!"

Harris hosted the Tony's last year and in 2009 - the same year he hosted the Emmy Awards. He will also serve as a producer of the award show.

The 38-year-old actor has starred in three Broadway productions, including "Assassins," "Proof," opposite Anne Heche, and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.