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Neil Patrick Harris appears in his opening number for the 2013 Tony Awards. - Provided courtesy of Tony Awards / CBS / Heather Wines

Neil Patrick Harris denies using racial slur during Tonys performance

06/10/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Neil Patrick Harris may have impressed the audience at the 2013 Tony Awards, but a recent report has the television personality strongly denying an accusation.

The 39-year-old actor, who hosted the award show for the fourth time on Sunday, June 9, is speaking out regarding recent reports that he used a racial slur during his opening performance.

Outlets including Daily Mail published stories alleging that the "How I Met Your Mother" star said the N-word while performing on stage alongside Mike Tyson. The host can be heard singing and repeating the word "bigger" -- which they suggest is actually a derogatory racial slur.

"Really, Daily Mail?!? The N-word? That's your story?!?" he Tweeted regarding the reports. "I would NEVER be so disrespectful and frankly, neither should you."

The UK based entertainment outlet claims that the "How I Met Your Mother" star and "Doogie Howser" alum "got a bit carried away" during his opening performance, going on to say that his use of the slur is sure to "ruffle feathers."

Overall, Harris' hosting performance seems to have gone over well with fans, helping earn the show a 20 percent increase in viewership -- bringing in the largest audience since the 2009 show.

The four-time host, who has also appeared on Broadway in shows including "Proof" and "Cabaret," Tweeted his excitement over hosting the star-studded event.

"Such fun last night hosting the @TheTonyAwards. A BIG thanks to the 121 performers from every show that played along. You're remarkable!" he posted.

"And while I'm at it, thanks to everyone that watched this year's Tonys. We had the highest ratings in YEARS! Much, much appreciated," he continued in a separate Tweet.

Check out the full list of winners from the musical event, the show's best moments and PHOTOS of celebrities -- including Anna Kendrick, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson and Cyndi Lauper -- arriving on the red carpet.

Watch Harris' entire opening number from the 2013 Tony Awards below, courtesy of CBS.

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