TMZ, Radar and the Daily Mail all think that the n-word dribbled out of Neil Patrick Harris’ mouth while he was singing and dancing next to Mike Tyson during the Tony Awards huge opening number last night. My brain is barely caffeinated and so I’m having a hard time trying to wrap it around this mess. Doogie Howser saying the n-word…. next to a dancing Mike Tyson… at the Tony Awards…. in 2013. It’s way too early to try process all of that.
The Daily Mail says that at around the 3:23 mark Neil Patrick Harris sings, “We’re going bigger and is I his nigga.” That lyric doesn’t even really make sense. Wouldn’t Mike Tyson gnaw NPH’s ear off if he really did say the n word? Mike probably didn’t even hear it, because his ears probably don’t work too well and he’s on a permanent 10 second delay.
I think NPH’s trying to sing “and the night is bigger” but he flubs it and night and bigger become one word. I think. Well, I guess we’ll all know what he really said if we find out later that Lisa Lampanelli wrote the opening number and Mel Gibson produced it.
UPDATE: NPH denied it on Twitter by tweeting, “Really, Daily Mail?!? The N-word? That’s your story?!? I would NEVER be so disrespectful and frankly, neither should you.” And now, Mel Gibson is unpacking his bags, because he thought that Neil Patrick Harris was trying to lure him to Broadway by using the n-word in the Tonys opening number.
Here’s another musical number from last night’s Tonys which featured Broadway stars Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti sad singing about their canceled TV shows. The n-word was not dropped during this number.
And here’s a few pictures from some of the tricks and tramps who either won, were nominated, presented or only showed up for the open bar. None of them said the n-word in front of a microphone last night that I know of. In order after NPH and David Burtka: ScarJo, Martha Plimpton, Judith Light, Alan Cumming, Holland Taylor, Andrea Martin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson with his fiancé Justin Mikita, BROWS, Bernadette Peters, Angela Bassett with Courtney B. Vance, Cyndi Lauper, Debra MESSing, Laura Benanti, Krysta Rodriguez, Tom Hanks with Rita Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Mike Tyson with Lakiha Spicer, Condola Rashad, Anna Kendrick, an Amish hipster with Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison with his piece, Megan Hilty with her piece, Laura Osnes, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver and Audra McDonald.