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Primetime Emmy Nominations: Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth

Jul 17, 2008 | 8:26am EDT

Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth took the stage this morning at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to announce the top five categories of the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. TV academy chairman John Shaffner shocked the duo when he announced that they too received nominations. was on the scene to talk with the pair after the ceremony to find out more.


Neil Patrick Harris 


How I Met Your Mother

Role: Barney

Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series What was going through your mind up there?

Neil Patrick Harris:

Honestly I didn’t have much time to think about anything, because suddenly I was thrust into about 75 reporters and I had to answer questions like “What did you think when you were just nominated.” It has been a haze this morning.

HW: Is it starting to sink in?


No, not really, but I don’t put a great deal of weight on award shows. We all acknowledge each other all the time. With Golden Globes and People Choice and Emmys and TCAs and all sorts of things, it is a very nice thing that allows people to talk about our show and for that I’m super happy.

HW: Which episode did you submit to the academy?


I submitted “The Goat,” which was the episode where I talk about the “Bro Code.” I’m on the outs with Ted. We have a fight in a limo…it is hard because we are a multi-camera show and we are competing with one camera more dramatic shows like Entourage and even The Office and so I wanted to submit something that showed a little bit of an arc, that had a little bit more of the dramatic stuff rather than just wacky, wacky, wacky funny stuff and I thought that was appropriate.

HW: If you win, where will you put your Emmy?


I have a People’s Choice Award right next to the Optimist International local award, which was the first award I won when I was 11 years old. So they are right next to each other…[they are] in the office - the media room, [it] seems a little pretentious to put it anywhere else.

HW: Do you think your costars are going to be jealous?


No, I think they will just give me a lot of shit over the next couple of months [laughs].


Kristin Chenoweth 

Show: Pushing Daisies

Role: Olive Snook

Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Were you surprised by your costar Lee Pace’s nomination?

Kristin Chenoweth:

I expected that. I plan on sharing a toast with him later, Don Perignon. Somebody just handed me a bottle of it so maybe I will take it to the set later today.

HW: You made a joke up there about dating Survivor host Jeff Probst. Is it true?


Yes, I did. I don’t know why that popped out of my mouth, it just flew out. [We went on] two dates and had a great time, but clearly it is more like brother and sister. I hope he’s not mad at me.

HW: Which episode did you submit for Emmy consideration?


It is called “Girth.” It was a hard one for me because there are some scenes that I wanted to submit, but you can’t just do a scene. But overall it is where you discover she was a horse jockey…I had broken ribs during that episode as well and that is probably the most pain I’ve been in, in my whole life, but apparently on Vicodin I’ve never been better [laughs].

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