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Hugh Jackman to Neil Patrick Harris: Have Fun Hosting!

Hugh Jackman to Neil Patrick Harris: Have Fun Hosting!

Hugh Jackman is all smiles as he arrives at LAX airport with his son Oscar, 9, in Los Angeles on Friday (June 5).

The 40-year-old Aussie actor is a three-time host of the Tony Awards and most recently hosted the Oscars, so it’s no wonder that this year’s host for the Tonys reached out to him.

“I saw [Hugh] three or four days ago, and he couldn’t have been lovelier,” Neil told People. “I was asking him how to maintain the audience at Radio City [Music Hall]‘s attention and [Hugh] had some good tips for me. He seemed very confident and said, ‘Make sure you don’t forget to have a lot of fun.’”

The Tony Awards will air LIVE @ 8PM ET/PT on Sunday, June 7 on CBS.

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  • katherine

    guess he decided to leave the old lady at home!

  • Mary

    That’s good avice :)

  • Mary

    Oops – good advice!

  • Amanda

    @katherine: LOL! In his case, “old lady” is not just a figure of speech. She really is OLD!!! :(

  • Christina

    He is just so gorgeous and such a family man. His wife is one lucky woman.

  • ???

    i don’t get it…even when his wife isn’t pictured, people feel the need to say mean things about her…what’s she ever done to anybody to draw all this mean spirited commentary? it’s just juvenile and hateful for no reason…

  • David

    Where’s grandma??? :)

  • alicia

    Hugh Jackman is such a gracious and talented man. I respect him so much because he is a family man.

  • Leigh


    What has been said (so far) that’s mean or insulting about her? People are only stating that she’s old. And she is OLD!!! It’s not like they’re lying. And saying she is old isn’t really talking bad about her because It’s more than an opinion, it’s a fact! She will be 54 this year. No one has called her ugly. They’re just saying that she’s “old”.

  • Kayla

    Just so you all know, when Hugh & Deb married, HUGH was considered the LUCKY one. Deb was gorgeous, and men absolutely lusted after her. Frankly, she’s still a gorgeous woman.

  • banny


    LMAO! yeah rite! I’m starting to think the hag comes on JJ and post to defend herself!

  • hag

    i love hugh in the fact that he LOVES HIS WIFE! others on the outside can gripe but HE is the person living HIS LIFE and HIS WIFE makes him happy..

  • Mrs P


    Just because Hugh & Deb claim that men lusted after her doesn’t make it true. If she was such a babe as they insist then why was she playing ‘mom’ roles back in the 80s?

    She’s deluding herself if she thinks anyone buys that she’s in the same age group as Demi Moore, Cate Blanchette, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry.

  • hag

    whether others like it or not, SHE is on the RC with him NOT YOU!!

  • Ryan mayberry

    Neil look so small next to Hugh Jackman.. Jeez, is Hugh taking steroids or what, lol?

  • alexis

    First, 53 is not old. I think it’s real bad how we as women put each other down. Secondly, she was beautiful enough to pull Hugh Jackman. That’s a feat that a lot of women could never achieve. I think it’s real cool that we’ve a younger man staying with an older woman. Don’t we get enough of older men dumping their wives to go with younger women, not only in Hollywood but everywhere else, too.

  • so?

    Mrs P – I don’t recall Deb ever saying that men lusted after her in the 80s. Can you provide your source?? It’s men other than Hugh who have said that about her!

    Obviously the age difference does not matter to Hugh and Deb, it only matters to small-minded, shallow people who lie in wait to post their nasty comments bout his wife. Deb is an accomplished, creative woman in her own right who has chosen to be the best wife and mother she can possibly be. She must be doing something right because Hugh looks like a very happy man when he’s with her and their kids.

  • Kyle

    I think people don’t like Deb because she is a female version of the “dirty old man” robbing the cradle.

    Also, what’s she doing playing “mum” to a 3 year old at her old age?

  • japanese Rocket

    Neil Patrick Harris would be perfect to host, he’s stupidly funny on HIMYM.

  • ???


    that’s just stupid… hugh jackman is a grown man not some wet behind the ears kid and wtf is wrong with a 53 year old being and mom to a child that needs one? that’s a dumb ass excuse to justify badmouthing someone who hasn’t done shit to anybody…

  • snoopy

    these people post the same comments on all HJ posts. (and probably on other posts as well).
    sometimes the comments are eerily similar, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them are by the same people using several different names. I suggest ignoring them, they just want attention.

  • Janeway

    Good luck Neil! Not surprising advice from Hugh-he seems to have fun in everything he does. I think that is part of his appeal (besides being talented, sweet and gorgeous). His happiness and love of life is just contagious. I agree with snoopy it is best to ignore the haters. They are just shallow and jealous and will never appreciate a love like the one Hugh has for Deb. How sad.

  • Hillary

    Hugh should tell Neil to ignore the gay rumors

  • digott

    @Kyle: Playing “mum” – shows your ignorance on several levels. One does not “play” at being a parent, it’s the most challenging thing a person can do. Photos do not do justice to Mrs. Jackman’s grace and beauty. Yes, I’ve seen her half a dozen times in person. She may not be as photogenic as her husband but she is an attractive, witty and charming woman.

  • Ainsley

    Hugh and his wife look strange together as a couple. I can really see why people think she is his mother or grandmother. As far as “looks” go, you know what they say… “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Maybe Hugh tends to view blonde old women as physically beautiful??

  • Ainsley

    @???: Just an observation — Hugh and his wife have been accused of adopting the children as a publicity stunt. I don’t know why Hugh and his wife make such a big deal about adopting “mixed-race” children. To me (and many others), mixed race children are as lovable as any other children.

  • snoopy

    Accused by who, exactly? people on the net? I’ve never heard a word about a publicity stunt in the media.
    When they adopted oscar back in 01, hugh was completely unknown and the adoption was very low key. They did what any other couple would have done after suffering two miscarriages. And failed ivf treatments. They wanted children so they adopted.

    They adopted mixed race children because they were told at the adoption agency that those were the least wanted children, and they had to send those children away because most people didn’t want to adopt them.

  • Dee

    #10–Hey ‘kid’, what’s the definition of old? Better watch out as you age as the definition of age definitely changes. 54 IS NOT OLD by any stretch. If a person is in good health both physically and emotionally they’re never really ‘old’.

  • J

    I wonder what Hugh sees in the old hag…. She looks so old, fat and sloppy in comparison to him. She also always wears black.

    I agree with Mrs. P above… “Just because Hugh & Deb claim that men lusted after her doesn’t make it true. If she was such a babe as they insist then why was she playing ‘mom’ roles back in the 80s?”

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  • Suppress your appetite

    cool !!