Being billed to host the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris has taken part in a ceremonial event to mark the official countdown to the big TV show. On Wednesday, September 18, the actor helped roll out the red carpet near the Nokia Theatre's L.A. Live venue in Los Angeles along with the telecast producer Ken Ehrlich and The Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum.
Speaking to reporters at the red carpet roll-out ceremony, he said he planned to stay on stage throughout the show. "I'll be staying on stage the whole show -- with a few exception," he shared. "I thought about having a colostomy bag, but I thought that would not be good for the first few rows. It would be like a Gallagher show if things go wrong, so I may have to excuse myself for a minute or three a couple of times during the show."
At "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Harris said that he wouldn't do a big musical number for the opening like he did at this year's Tony Awards. He, however, will be involved in "probably the biggest dance number" ever at the Emmy history.
"Been dancing my face off in rehearsals for the choreographer's # in the @PrimetimeEmmys. I've such crazy respect for these dancers. Unreal," he tweeted on Wednesday, hinting at the hard work he had to do to prepare for his hosting stint. To The Hollywood Reporter, he admitted the dance part's "freaking me out a little."
As it's only a few days before the ceremony takes place, The Academy has announced the final batch of presenters. Jimmy Fallon, Emilia Clarke, Jon Hamm, Heidi Klum, Malin Akerman, Stephen Amell, Connie Britton, Dan Bucatinsky, Tim Gunn, Alyson Hannigan, Mark Harmon, LL Cool J and Mindy Kaling have just been added to the list, which already has Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington among others.
Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmy red carpet roll-out ceremony:
Neil Patrick Harris talks hosting Emmy Awards on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno":