Sean Hayes Will Host Tony Awards

But will his performance be convincing enough for 'Newsweek' critic?
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 2:20 PM CDT
Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth in a scene from the revival of "Promises, Promises," now playing on Broadway. Hayes will host the Tony Awards on June 13.   (AP Photo/The Hartman Group, Joan Marcus)
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(Newser) – Sean Hayes is a Broadway newcomer, but he's nominated for a Tony for lead actor in a musical—and he'll be hosting the award ceremony as well. Today's announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Newsweek critic Ramin Setoodeh's dismissal of the openly gay Hayes' ability to play straight, and co-star Kristin Chenoweth's stinging rebuttal. By tapping Hayes, the Los Angeles Times notes, the Broadway establishment is standing up for an actor best known for his TV work, as dizzy sidekick Jack on Will & Grace.

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