Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth Mock Newsweek Writer At Tony Awards

Crushable got a glimpse of tonight’s Tony Awards action at a dress rehearsal for the show, where we watched host Sean Hayes have some fun mocking the Newsweek writer who called him too gay to play straight. Sean, also nominated for his role in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, was joined onstage at Radio City by co-star Kristin Chenoweth, who was “not-minated.”

“I just had to come out here and give you a kiss for good luck,” she purred, proceeding to kiss Sean full on the lips. Kristin sashayed toward the exit, staring intensely at Sean until she disappeared behind the curtain.

“I know what you’re thinking: She’s too short for me,” Sean winked to an early-morning audience of theater geeks and seat-fillers.

After Ramin Setoodeh‘s Newsweek article came out last month, Kristin wrote a letter to the magazine calling the piece “horrendously homophobic.” Ramin later defended himself by blogging that he was just stating the obvious.

Other surprises at the dress rehearsal: Daniel Radcliffe will present the award for “best featured actress in a play” alongside Katie Holmes. Daniel was there this morning to read off the Teleprompter, and fake-presented the trophy to a woman pretending to be Scarlett Johansson (who’s nominated for her role in A View From the Bridge). Glee‘s Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison perform a duet. There is also a dramatic reading from David Hasselhoff‘s memoir Don’t Hassle The Hoff where the Baywatch legend recalls a life-defining moment onstage in Jekyll and Hyde.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Besides ScarJo, other nominees include Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the Green Day musical American Idiot.

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