Neil Patrick Harris rolls out Emmys red carpet
Ken Ehrlich, left, executive producer of Sunday's 65th Emmy Awards telecast, host Neil Patrick Harris, center, and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum roll out the red carpet for the show during Emmy Awards Press Preview Day, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris isn't planning to leave the stage during Sunday's ceremony unless he's really, really gotta go.
"I'll be staying on stage the whole show — with a few exceptions," the second-time Emmy host teased after ceremoniously unraveling the red carpet Wednesday morning. "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."
Harris, whose "How I Met Your Mother" is entering its ninth and final season, said he doesn't feel like he has to prove himself after previously hosting the Emmy and Tony Awards.
Neil Patrick Harris, host of Sunday's 65th Emmy Awards telecast, addresses reporters during Emmy Awards Press Preview Day, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"There's a lot of awards, so I thankfully don't have to do a lot of work," he said. "I get to come up with some funny one-liners. If someone vomits, I get to joke about it, but there's not a lot of vomit. Charlie Sheen hasn't been on 'Two and a Half Men' for years."
For the sixth year, the show will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The massive red carpet — more like a red sidewalk, really — will canvass the entire plaza across the street from the Staples Center for Sunday's TV extravaganza on CBS.
Harris said he's interested to see how programming from Netflix and other online streaming services will fare at the ceremony and beyond.
"I think it's really interesting to see how that's going to shape the way we watch television," said Harris. "It questions commercials. It questions programming. They were worried it would flop. I got to do 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,' which is kind of like the first one of those, so I have a vested interest in those doing well."