Neil Patrick Harris steps in as Emmy noms host

LOS ANGELES – A host had gone missing for the 2013 Emmy nominations on Thursday, so in stepped – who else? – Neil Patrick Harris.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said actress Kate Mara from “House of Cards” was unable to make it because her plane had a mechanical malfunction and couldn’t take off from Santa Fe, where she is on location. So Harris stepped in to co-host with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.”

“Special thanks to Kate Mara for getting me out of the house before my children wake up screaming and crying,” Harris joked as the early morning announcements began. “I actually appreciate that.”

Harris, who has signed up to host the Emmys broadcast in September, joked after the announcement about all the awards shows he hosts. He hosted the Tony Awards in June and was nominated for an Emmy as producer and host of last year’s Tonys.