There is no doubt that Neil Patrick Harris stole the show at the Tony Awards on Sunday night … but his hilarious hosting gig is stirring up some controversy online.
A headline splashed across The Daily Mail on Monday morning questioned whether Harris said the "n-word" during his opening performance with Mike Tyson. The U.K. publication even posted the alleged lyrics:
"In tandem like we planned 'em, forgive me if it's random but Mike Tyson had a one man show let's give the man a hand/ And make things bigger, like bigger/ I'm here with Iron Mike Tyson he's a heavyweight yo/We're going bigger, is I his n***a."
However, Harris is now firing back at the allegations he said the "n word", tweeting on Monday:
A rep for Harris also responded to the Daily Mail article, saying: "Neil absolutely and unequivocally DID NOT use derogatory language in the opening number of the Tony Awards."
Many believe Harris simply said "bigger,” not the racial slur, during the questionable line.
Now for some good news: The Tony Awards ceremony drew 7.2 million total viewers, up 20 percent from last year and the Tonys's largest audience since 2009.
What did you think of Harris as a host? And do you believe he did not say the "n word"? Tell us in the comments.
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