Sean Hayes to Host 2010 Tony Awards

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Sean Hayes is not only a 2010 Tony Award nominee for his role in the musical Promises, Promises, but it’s just been announced that he will follow in the footsteps of such stars as Hugh Jackman, Angela Lansbury, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg as host of the Tonys!

“I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards,” Sean said in a statement. “As the new guy on Broadway, it’s an honor to be included in the established alumni.”

Executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have also released a statement: “We couldn’t be more excited about Sean carrying on the tradition of excellent hosts for the Tony Awards. Sean’s humor, charm and natural ability on the stage will make an already great show even better.”

How cool is this that Sean, an Emmy winner for his role on Will & Grace, will make it two years in a row that an openly gay man is hosting the Tonys (Neil Patrick Harris was last year’s host).

The Tony Awards take place June 13th, live from Radio City Music Hall, and will be telecast by CBS.