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Leary: I would've been a better Emmys host

Sept. 23, 2008 at 9:28 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Denis Leary says the co-hosts of the "60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards" show were so bad they offended him as a comedian.

Reality television hosts Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel and Jeff Probst shared hosting duties at Sunday night's star-studded awards presentation.

"I don't mind losing, I'm just happy to be there, which sounds cliche, except last night I went from being happy to be there to being incredibly bored," SFGate.com quoted the "Rescue Me" star as saying Monday.

Leary added that he had "no empathy for how bad these five hosts were."

"And after the opening I was like: 'You know what? I want to see them crash and burn on live TV -- I want to see them melt.' Except for Heidi Klum, I love her. I was offended as a comedian. ... I'm so sick and tired of people saying, 'You just write funny lines and put anybody up there.' No, to be funny is actually a job and it takes required training. I have material left over from 'Fashion Rocks.' If they said to me: 'Hey, the whole show is crashing and burning. Can you get up there?' I could've been funnier than what was going on."

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