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Host and nominee Sean Hayes steers clear on Newsweek controversy in pre-Tony Awards interview

In a way, you can’t blame Sean Hayes for not wanting to talk about the Newsweek article in which a writer not only wrote that Sean not convincing as a love interest for Kristen Chenoweth in the current Broadway production of Promises, Promises, but that openly gay men in general are not able to portray straight romantic roles.

Sean, a first-time Tony nominee who is hosting Sunday’s Tony Awards, clearly wants to put the topic behind him which he made clear in a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

According to the LA Times, Hayes called it “asinine” on “The View,” but said Wednesday that he had no plans to discuss it further, on TV or otherwise. …  He stuck to that script during Wednesday’s phone call in which he said he’ll keep the Tonys moving along quickly so folks in the audience and at home will be entertained. He was short on specifics, though he did say he and Chenoweth will appear together during the CBS show. He was mum, though, on whether there would be any reference to the controversy.

This is as close as he came as he talked about his stage costar Kristin Chenoweth: “She’s an extraordinary talent and an amazing human being who’s been such a huge support system for me,” he said. “She makes it very easy to fall in love with her on stage every night.

I’m very curious to see how Sean does Sunday night. Although he was an absolute scream as Jack McFarland for all those years, it’s not Jack who will be hosting the Tonys. Jack would absolutely kill.

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