Neil Patrick Harris Pitches Variety Show to CBS, Declines Offer to Replace David Letterman

Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, known for his range of talents that includes acting, singing and hosting awards shows, may host a variety show on CBS, reports. 

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

Harris, who is currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, said he was approached about doing a late-night show before David Letterman announced his retirement.

"I felt like I knew what my skill set was and what I wanted to do after ['How I Met Your Mother'], with them," Harris said on Howard Stern's radio show. "It surprised me [CBS' Les Moonves] pitched me that idea. I sat for a time with it while I was talking to him, and I told him what concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I think I would get bored of the repetition fast. The structure is so set — I don't have any interest in doing Monologue, Commercial, Sketch, Guest, Guest, Musical Act, Good Night."

Instead, Harris said he would like to host a weekly variety show for CBS. Stern asked if Moonves was interested, and Harris said, "Yeah — he still might be."

Harris received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He starred as Barney Stinson in the hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" for nine seasons and has performed on Broadway in Assassins and in the New York Philharmonic production of Company.

Harris has been honored with four Emmy Awards: three for his acclaimed hosting of the Tony Awards and another for his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.