Kevin Spacey To Host 2017 Tony Awards

Variety reports:

Kevin Spacey has signed on to host the 2017 Tony Awards — thereby answering a major outstanding question about the upcoming awards ceremony, which this year has waited until late in the game to nail down its emcee. Although Spacey is best known for work on film (“The Usual Suspects,” “American Beauty”) and TV (“House of Cards”), he’s had a long association with theater. He won a 1991 Tony for his performance in “Lost in Yonkers,” and his 1999 Broadway stint in “The Iceman Cometh” became one of the major events of that theater season. In recent years he wrapped up an 11-year tenure as the artistic director of the Old Vic in London.

More from the Hollywood Reporter:

“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” said Spacey. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.” Last year’s awards were held at the Beacon Theatre and hosted by Tony winner and Late Late Show host James Corden. The Hamilton-heavy broadcast — in which the hit musical won 11 awards — was the most-watched Tonys in 15 years.

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    • loosevowels

      really just when you tought how could the tony awards get any gayer

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  • another_steve

    Bring back the theater ticket prices of the 1960s.

    For $10 you got a nice front and center seat.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Sure. And bring back 1960s salaries too. Oh wait….

      • Bad Tom

        Yeah. A ticket was $10, and you made $2 an hour.

        • JCF

          “you made $2 an hour”

          While sitting in that “nice front and center seat”? I think even Jon Voight’s Midnight Cowboy made more than that!

          • Bad Tom

            In 1971 I got $2.45 an hour to DJ a commercial FM radio station.
            “This is WRSA radio 97.9 FM Stereo. Central Standard time is 3pm.”

      • Ernest Endevor

        Union salaries don’t have that much to do with ticket prices.

  • pj

    its not just for gays anymore

    • another_steve

      I had forgotten that straight men can emcee.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Spacey is straight? I had always heard that he’s gay but not “officially” out.

      • safari

        I want to say his sexuality is based around eastern european twinks.

        • Derrick Johns

          “….his sexuality is based around eastern european twinks”
          Do you mean Spacey or our President Trump?

          • safari

            I don’t think Donald has sex without a mirror.

          • JCF

            I don’t think Donald has sex with anything OTHER than a mirror (various Ts&As are simple wanking-assist devices)

      • WNY

        Straight to the next dick in his mouth or ass.

      • I assumed he was out for years.

        • Strepsi

          Everyone knows, but no, he has never come out.

    • kcken
      • Nothing will ever top this opening (and has Neil’s husband ever topped him I wonder?).

      • Capritaur

        I don’t understand how he could wear 3 outfits on top of each other without sweating in the stage light or appearing the slightest bit overweight.

        • David Walker

          He’s a pro.

      • TampaDink

        I think that he topped this 2011 performance when he hosted again in 2013.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVJk-84MVYM

        • Strepsi

          That was the single best opening number of any Awards show ever. It was spectacular.
          My 2nd favorite was actually the Emmys…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMfnqP62ReI

          • TampaDink

            Lovely….although it does make me remember how much I miss Corey.

  • kcken

    Spacey in Call of Duty! I played the SHIT out of this game LOL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKYHuhg0l3I

  • Lars Littlefield

    Will he sing
    Will he dance?
    Will he shoot seltzer down his pants?
    I’m OK with that.

  • coram nobis

    … and in other entertainment news, David Brooks has a meltdown.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/opinion/the-coming-incompetence-crisis.html

    Trump’s greatest achievements are in the field of ignorance. Up until this period I had always thought of ignorance as a void, as an absence of knowledge. But Trump’s ignorance is not just an absence; it is a rich, intricate and entirely separate universe of negative information, a sort of fertile intellectual antimatter with its own gravitational pull.
    * * *
    Just to take a small example by way of illustration, in the days before GPS I was (and remain) profoundly incompetent at comprehending driving directions. I would ask for directions and all would start off normally: “Go down Fourth Street and take a right on Poplar.”

    But then all would slide into a fog of incomprehensibility and I would keep nodding furiously to try to persuade the person that I could follow what was being said: “Then you toggle over that spur of the thruway that goes under the overpass before the six roundabouts of the gargle.”

    By this time entire hemispheres of my brain had shut down, and as the person kept talking, my entire existence slipped into a catatonic mist: “After that it’s just six wheedles up the perplex and after a quick stop at the bolint it’s the 27th driveway on the right.”

    The incompetent person in the Trump administration has to live in that stupor shroud every day.

    • bobbyjoe

      Another day, another Dr. Frankenstein, pretending he didn’t help create this monster.

      • another_steve

        Give the guy a break. A moderate Republican living in the Age of Trump.

        Imagine how many death threats he’s receiving per minute as we speak.

        • Daveed_WOW

          No offense, but no. Absolutely not. He might not be Dr. Frankenstein but he’s probably Frau Blücher at least.

          • safari
          • bobbyjoe

            One of my favorite movie lines of all time is Cloris Leachman’s reading of:

            “He… vas… my… BOYFRIEND!!!”

          • Bad Tom

            “He vas my boyfriend!”

          • another_steve

            On key social issues, he’s moderate to fairly progressive — certainly for a Republican.

            He was an early supporter of marriage equality. He’s okay with a woman’s right to choose (but with caveats).

          • prixator

            Cuz he was born in Toronto! You can take the boy out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canada out of the boy.

        • Derrick Johns

          it’s interesting the comments between another_steve and bobbyjoe. Y’all both are right.

          • another_steve

            Thank you. I love conversing with my sisters and brothers here on JMG.

            I’ve never encountered such a smart and perceptive bunch of folks on any other blog — and I’ve visited quite a few of them.

      • coram nobis

        Yes, and it has been entertaining watching his anguish. He does more hand-wringing than Lady Macbeth.

        • Acronym Jim

          We all get frustrated when Spot refuses to go out and do his business.

    • safari

      You might try turning him off and back on again.

      • coram nobis

        Yes, it’s cheaper than replacing his batteries.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I read this. I see its truth. I wonder, “Why would people hear the talk of a person in this fog” and think “I LOVE This! Let’s elect him president!” Then, I think that most of the people who voted for him have their own desire to remain in, hide in, or otherwise make use of ignorance and avoidance of fact. Trump is their “drug of choice.”

      • coram nobis

        Yes, although David did get a bit over-the-top.

      • prixator

        I still can’t fully comprehend how 60+ million people could have heard/learned about Dump’s Access Hollywood comments (on top of everything else) and still think “this guy would make a great president and represent me and my country well”. SMDH.

    • Cunning Linguist

      Miserere, Mr. Nobis!

  • JP

    I can’t look at Spacey the same way. I used to be his agent’s assistant back in the day and Kevin was the embodiment of “diva.” If you ever hear stories of actors that are just awful to people they are likely true, but I just remember Spacey being really mean to everyone, especially after American Beauty.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Maybe that will be season three of Feud. Who was his competition?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      A friend of a friend of mine was at one time an assistant to Leona Helmsley. Boy, did he have great stories.

  • safari

    When I was a wee gayling back in the ’90s and hadn’t yet come out, the tips for queer teens included not bringing up Rosie or Kevin during the coming out conversation. I still get a kick out of that.

    • Strepsi

      The TONYS would be a perfect opportunity Kevin! Wherever you are….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwcE0KhcCCY

      • Derrick Johns

        Well, ok. Do you want him to come out dressed as Glenda? 🙂

      • Cunning Linguist

        Took that right out of my collective cultural conscience! 😉

  • Lazycrockett

    Good place to make an announcement if he so wishes.

    • Chris

      That was my first thought too. Seems like the ideal venue for it to come out as a statement of fact.

  • teeveedub

    Oh, boy. We can be assured that he’ll try to convince everyone (including, most especially, himself) that he’s a singer by regaling us with a not-very-good imitation of Bobby Darrin.

    Gee, did that sound catty?

    • Vinnie NYC

      Not at all, I was thinking the same thing

  • SunsetGay

    That’s my President, right there!

    You know the difference between President Frank Underwood and Donald Trump? One is a violent sociopath who would literally throw his friends in front of a train or start a war in order to advance his political agenda.

    The other is the honorable President Francis J. Underwood.

    • Daveed_WOW

      I thought House of Cards was satire. I was wrong.

  • Jacob

    Ugh. NPH and now this. Do they sit around asking “what creepy white gay man can we ask next?”.

    • Chris

      NPH was responsible for perhaps the best opening number in Tony’s history, and for the Tony demographic, very few find him creepy.

  • Capritaur

    This might be unpopular opinion but I thought James Corden bombed it last year. His singing was way too strained and it so lacked energy that I almost fell asleep during the opening number.

  • Blake Jordan

    Well this will totally straighten up the event…

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    To paraphrase: He’s middle-aged, single, and acts on Broadway. You do the math.

    • JCF

      That was Nathan Lane’s great line…~25 years ago.

      • Jim Gallagher-Barker

        I remember watching that episode of Letterman. 🙂

  • LeftyNYC

    Yuk. I work in the theatre, and I don’t loathe anyone as much as I loathe Kevin Spacey. Yes, he is gay, and yes, he will deny it or avoid it or coyly allow people to infer it, whichever is most beneficial to him. He’s an opportunist, a liar, and an overall asshole. This was a big mistake for the Tony Awards.

  • Chuck in NYC

    Ugh, just … ugh.

  • greenmanTN

    Has Spacey ever come out? Every time I see him my gaydar sounds like a garbage truck backing up.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Whelp, how GAY is that?

  • saucetin

    Does this count as coming out?

    *James Corden, I guess, is married to a gal.

  • MikeinATL

    Kevin sang at this past weekend’s Billy Joel concert in Madison Square Garden… I was FLOORED at how great he sang…

  • andrew

    Finally a gay man gets to host the Tony Awards. OH, never mind.

  • londonbuddy

    Tweet by @rilaws: “So that’s what ‘can host’ means on Grindr

  • Blobby

    …and the Tonys just got creepy……er.

  • JCF

    “Gay Artists”

    Did I miss this? Or are you just being snarky Joe?