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Neil Patrick Harris on Hosting the Emmys: "Happy to Be the Guy" Honoring TV

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The Emmys are a night of celebration for television, and this year's host, Neil Patrick Harris, is excited to be a part of the festivities.

"I love TV and the motley crew of people that are part of it," the How I Met Your Mother star said in an interview with USA Today

The actor credits so many different genres of programming and says it "that makes for a better viewing experience of television than ever, and I'm happy to be the guy in charge of honoring that."

Harris, who has plenty of experience hosting awards shows including the Emmys and the Tonys, revealed that he wants to stay true to who he is when acting as the emcee.

"I want to do my own thing and hope people respond to it," the actor said. "I think the key is to try and be nice. I'm not so wild a fan of comedy at people's expense."

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Harris has earned rave reviews for his hosting stints and credits being a "jack-of-all-trades" as a kid.

"I dabbled in magic and juggling and I sing some," he says. "Those are all, as it turns out, good attributes for being a host."

Harris joined the chairman & CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum, to roll out the red carpet for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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The Emmys will feature seveeral performances, including Carrie Underwood honoring the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov 22, 1963 and The Beatles' legendary performance on The Ed Sullivan Show just 80 days on after the president was killed and Elton John paying tribute to Liberace.  

This year, the Emmys In Memoriam segment will shine a spotlight on a certain group of people that the entertainment world lost too soon. Cory Monteith James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters will all get special recognition during the broadcast.

The Emmys will air this Sunday night on CBS.

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