Talk about standing your ground.
As journalist after journalist tried different ways to get Sean Hayes, the former ‘Will & Grace‘ star who is hosting the Tony Awards this year, to talk about the Newsweek article controversy, he held his ground with a flat out: not going there.
“Well, um, if you don’t mind I’d rather focus on the Tonys and ‘Promises,’ said Hayes on a press conference call Wednesday morning, when asked what he thought about the review of his performance in ‘Promises Promises’ that sparked the controversy over the “Straight Jacket” article by Ramin Setoodeh about gay actors playing straight.
When pressed that it was ironic, and a validation to the stars who ran to his defense, including Kristen Chenoweth, that he is nominated for a performance that got so much criticism, Hayes still said, “Yeah, Kristin is a pleasure working with her every day. She’s an amazing talent. It’s an honor to share the stage with her every night.”
Maybe Hayes is just waiting to discuss this topic on a big TV show (Oprah?) or a magazine cover (People?). “I have no plans for that, no.”
Strike three! But, we keep on trying…
Is there a chance Newsweek will be brought up during the Tonys at all – comically or seriously?
“You have to tune in,” he said.
Personally, I’m a glutton for punishment, so I tried it once more myself:
Given that you have so much support in the wake of the Newsweek article, do you feel less nervous going into host the Tonys knowing that you have such support out there in the audience?
“I am excited to be hosting the Tonys and hopefully everybody has a good time,” he dead-panned. Wah-Wah.
He did say that there are no plans to reference the Bret Michaels-gets-hit-in-the-head by the Tony stage fiasco of last year (too old of a joke for that), that he would consider guest starring on ‘Glee,’ and that he and Chenoweth do plan to do a little something-something on the Tony Awards show.
The 64th Annual Tony Awards will be held live from Radio City Music Hall in New York this Sunday, June 13, 8-11 p.m. ET. It airs on CBS with special guests including the cast of ‘Glee,’ Green Day, Cate Blanchett Daniel Radcliffe, Denzil Washington, and others.
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Check out Sean Hayes on ‘Will & Grace’: