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Sean Hayes to host this year's Tony-cast

CBS has asked Sean Hayes -- the guy a Newsweek columnist deemed too gay to play straight on Broadway -- to host this year's Tony Awards broadcast.

Sean Hayes will host the Tony Awards this year. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Hayes has received a Tony Award nomination, for best lead-actor performance in a musical, for his current gig on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" alongside Kristin Chenoweth. He's also received nominations from the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle.

Hayes, better known as Jack McFarland on "Will & Grace," received an Emmy Award, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an American Comedy Award for that role. Hayes's other notable television projects include guest roles on "Scrubs" and "30 Rock" as well as "Martin & Lewis," a television film on CBS that earned Hayes a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Hayes' film credits include "The Bucket List," "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss," "Pieces of April," "The Cat in the Hat," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," "Igor," "Soul Men" and "Cats and Dogs."

"We will have some of the biggest stars from the worlds of theater, film and television helping us celebrate this amazing season on Broadway," CBS exec vp Jack Sussman said Monday in re this year's Tonycast, adding, "having Sean Hayes, who is a triple threat himself, as well as a Tony nominee this year, will make this a show you won't want to miss."

Newsweek has not yet weighed in.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  May 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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As the only straight man in America to watch the Tonys every year instead of the NBA play-offs, I think this decision is awesome.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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