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'Will and Grace' Actor Sean Hayes Tapped to Host Tony Awards

May 25, 2010 (6:29 am) GMT
The openly gay star who was recently criticized for playing a straight man on Broadway has been billed to lead the upcoming big theater event.
Sean Hayes

Former "Will & Grace" star has shaken off the controversy surrounding a recent Newsweek article which targeted him for playing a straight man on Broadway by landing the hosting job at the Tony Awards. Hayes, who is up for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in "Promises, Promises", will take charge of the big theatreworld prizegiving on June 13 in New York.

The musicals "Fela" and "La Cage aux Folles" dominate the nominations. and , meanwhile, are among the nominees for Best Actress category.

Openly gay star Hayes hit the headlines earlier May when he was named in a article written by popular Newsweek columnist Ramin Setoodeh, in which the writer criticized gay stars playing it straight onstage. Gay rights activists and stars have joined forces to demand an apology for the piece from Newsweek.

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