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Why Ariana DeBose Will not Host the Tony Awards Once more After This Yeartheinsiderinsight

  • The 2024 Tony Awards are being hosted by Ariana DeBose, a gig that can mark her third time in a row internet hosting
  • She tells PEOPLE what she loves about being the emcee for the Broadway honors, however notes she would not plan on internet hosting once more ‘for awhile’ after this
  • Viewers can watch DeBose when the awards air Sunday, June 16, on CBS and Paramount+

Ariana DeBose has hosted the Tony Awards twice earlier than, however the strain she feels main Broadway’s largest night time hasn’t gone away.

“Oh, yearly I wish to throw up,” the Oscar-winning actress and stage vet, 33, tells PEOPLE, within the newest points on newsstands now. “I am not going to lie. I’ve a trash can ready within the wings.”

“I by no means in 1,000,000 years thought I might host the Tony Awards. That was not in any form of plan that I noticed for myself. And final 12 months I used to be so nervous. I paced for a stable half-hour on my own,” she remembers. “I’ve by no means performed that within the historical past of my performing profession.”

Ariana DeBose throughout the 2023 Tony Awards opening quantity.

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Viewers watching DeBose definitely could not inform — particularly in final 12 months’s dance-centric opening quantity, when she flung herself off the grand foyer staircase of New York Metropolis’s United Palace theater in Washington Heights solely to be caught, one flight down, by dancer Julius Anthony Rubio.

Maybe that is as a result of DeBose makes all of it look really easy.

A skilled dancer, expert singer and dynamic actress, she has that triple risk power so typically current in performers working the boards on Broadway.

Ariana DeBose (middle) within the ‘West Aspect Story’ remake.
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However its the North Carolina native’s willingness to take daring dangers and commit absolutely to her work with full earnestness that has helped her stand out from the gang, breaking her free from ensemble roles in Hamilton to outstanding elements onstage, like in 2018’s Summer season (which earned DeBose her first Tony nomination).

That theatricality has served DeBose nicely in her transfer to display, too, the place she’s been in a position to showcase her expertise in Schmigadoon!, The Promenade, because the voice of a Disney princess in Want and, in her Oscar-winning function in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 West Aspect Story remake.

Ariana DeBose after successful her Oscar for ‘West Aspect Story’ in 2022.
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She’s particularly pleased as a result of, in her function, DeBose is ready to function an envoy to convey new eyes to the theater.

“The Tony Awards is a vital second for the Broadway group, and an evening that has actual financial influence on how this business features. So it appears like a sacred duty to be there to point out what they’ve to supply, and one thing I do not take flippantly,” she shares, noting the struggles the stage group has had in rebuilding audiences after the pandemic.

“There’s such an enormous number of expertise and creativity on show on these phases,” she provides. “There’s really no place like Broadway. And I am grateful that I’ve even a fraction of the platform that I maintain to attempt to be a useful entity.”

That does not imply that internet hosting is straightforward. These aforementioned nerves apart, DeBose has needed to face various challenges annually she’s hosted — from the business’s emergence post-pandemic to final 12 months’s author’s strike, which noticed DeBose host totally with no script.

Ariana DeBose internet hosting the 2022 Tony Awards.
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This 12 months can be current a brand new impediment: one other new location. “We began at Radio Metropolis, and we had been up in Washington Heights, and this 12 months we’re at Lincoln Heart. So yearly it has been totally different,” DeBose says.

“You assume it would not matter, however every location has its personal power. It’s a must to think about how the viewers fills the area, what different issues you are able to do.”

It doesn’t matter what DeBose does, she plans to maintain issues optimistic.

“While you have a look at the opposite award reveals which are predominately about movie and tv, most of these are hosted by comedians. A comic, I’m not,” she laughs.

“However I have a look at that as a power and go down a unique path. I am an actor; I really like the individuals I am surrounded by. So I select to rejoice that and let the power and pleasure of the night lead.”

Ariana DeBose on ‘The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon’ in January 2024.

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She’s additionally keenly conscious of the feelings of the nominees within the room, having been one herself. “That is on the forefront of my thoughts,” DeBose notes to PEOPLE.

“The nominees, they have been on a really lengthy street,” she explains. “It’s, for lack of a greater phrase, a marketing campaign, and it takes a lot power. A whole lot of instances individuals haven’t slept. And regarding the Tony Awards, not solely are they displaying as much as occasion after occasion — doing picture shoots, going to lunches, doing the interviews — but additionally, they’re additionally doing their present eight instances every week at night time.”

She continues: “That is a complete different degree of stamina that’s added to all of this. Watch me and you may see, I attempt to be very delicate to that and discover methods actually allow them to take pleasure in themselves. As a result of fairly frankly, they’ve earned it.”

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Ariana DeBose in November 2023.

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DeBose has additionally earned one thing herself: a well-needed break. After just a few years of working continuous, she allowed herself some area the previous few months (although nonetheless has seven initiatives in pre and post-production, together with the upcoming Kraven the Hunter).

Nonetheless, the time to herself has allowed her to concentrate on what she desires subsequent: a return to Broadway. “I’m actually craving being again on stage, in a bigger means than merely internet hosting the Tonys,” she says. “And for that purpose, it will most likely be one of many final instances I host for some time, so another person can maintain the ropes.”

“I will go away them my bucket,” she jokes.

The 2024 Tony Awards airs Sunday, June 16, on CBS and Paramount+ starting at 8 p.m. ET. Choose awards can be handed out in a pre-show viewers can stream that starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on Pluto TV, the main free streaming tv service.

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