Neil Patrick Harris Name-Dropped a Celeb to Get Out of Jury Duty

So maybe stars aren’t always like us! Neil Patrick Harris had a very Hollywood excuse for getting out of his recent jury duty, saying he had to attend The Late Late Show With James Corden. When that didn’t work, the 46-year-old claimed he was related to the TV host.

“I tried to get out of it,” Harris told Corden, 40, on the late-night talk show on Thursday, January 24. “I assumed that when you get the thing that says you have to go, that they send that to everybody like spam and that they just hope that people end up going. So I didn’t go, and I was actually working on A Series of Unfortunate Events in Canada, so I had an actual excuse, and finally, they sent me an actual summons. I will go to jail unless I do this.”

The How I Met Your Mother alum continued: “So I went, and I served my jury duty, and I met with some lawyers, and there was a case about asbestos, and they had to question everyone. And I had to raise my hand [and] talk to them one-on-one and say I couldn’t go because this very week I was flying to Los Angeles to be on [The Late Late Show] and therefore I wouldn’t be available for the second half of the week.”

A lawyer told the actor he couldn’t use professional opportunities to get out of jury duty, only family situations. “And he said, ‘Do you have any family that’s going to be in Los Angeles while you’re there?’” Harris recalled. “And I said, ‘Yes, James Corden is my second cousin.’ And he said, ‘Great, you’re free to go.’”

Chelsea Peretti, Corden’s other guest on Thursday’s episode, had a better jury duty excuse — at first, anyway. “I had put it off for breastfeeding,” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress revealed.

“Hmm. I tried that,” Harris interjected. “I tried that and it didn’t work.”

Peretti, 40, continued: “So I pushed it, and I pushed it, and at a certain point, they were like, ‘Surely, you’re done.’”

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs on CBS weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET.

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Who is Neil Jones? Strictly Come Dancing 2018 professional and Katya's husband

In 2013 he married fellow dancer Katya Jones who's partnered with Seann Walsh.

Who is Neil Jones? What's his background?

Neil Jones, 35, is a professional ballroom dancer who works on Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC.

He's British but was born in Munster, Germany, and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of three.

Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career.

He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.

On signing up to BBC's Strictly in 2016, he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour…

"I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”

Neil has never been paired up with a celebrity but is a stand-by and performs in all the group numbers and the Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two.

Who is Neil Jones' wife Katya?

Neil joined Strictly in 2016 with his dancer wife Katya Jones, who was then paired with Ed Balls.

Katya and Neil first dated in 2008 after a chance meeting in Blackpool and they have been dancing together ever since.

The pair, who married in 2013, won the 2015 World Professional Latin Showdance Championship.

They are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.

When did Neil Jones' wife Katya kiss Seann Walsh?

Katya and Neil were hit by the "Strictly Curse" when Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh in the street outside a pub.

Hours before the story broke, the married couple danced together on the show as part of a routine with other pro dancers.

An insider said: “It’s going to cause real ructions backstage not least because Katya and Neil have to work alongside each other week in, week out.

“It will be unbelievably awkward especially if Seann goes through to next week’s show.”

But Neil appeared to shrug off the controversy by posting a picture of his wife with Seann on Twitter.

He captioned it: “Wow last nights @bbcstrictly movie week was really epic and I’m really proud of @mrs_katjones and @seannwalsh Paso Doble. Great shapes and of course like always the choreography was on point.”

When is Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One?

The show is on every Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.

The results go out the following day on Sunday evening at 7.45pm.

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Katya and Neil Jones announce new dance show after being axed from Strictly Come Dancing's official tour

Neil, 35, revealed that he and his wife had been snubbed – a week after it was confirmed that comic Seann Walsh had also been banned from the live tour following his and 29-year-old Katya's cheat scandal in October.

Taking to Instagram earlier today, Neil shared a poster for their new production Somnium: A Dancer's Dream.

Captioning the image, which sees him embracing the Russian beauty, Neil told his followers: "And here is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

"Myself and @mrskatjones are excited to announce that #SOMNIUM: A Dancer's Dream, the explosive dance show, is coming to @Sadlers_Wells London 20-22 June 2019.

"Tickets are on sale now so follow the link in my bio to book your seat.

"P.S. It will make a fantastic Christmas gift."

The show has been choreographed by Neil and tells the familiar-sounding story of "a boy from Britain and a girl from Russia who met, fell in love and overcame the odds to become dance stars."

It will combine Latin and ballroom choreography, with the press release seemingly referencing the cheat scandal as it teases that the "path of love doesn't always run smoothly".

In an official statement, Neil and Katya admitted that "love is not perfect", sharing: "We all know that life and love is not perfect and as much we would like to say our journey together has been, you will be able to see first hand the real struggles of our life together on the road to becoming World Champions."

Katya and Neil's relationship came under scrutiny following Katya's shock snog with her celebrity Strictly partner at the start of this year's series of the show.

Following their sexy snog, Katya and Seann issued a grovelling apology before continuing like normal on the show.

They were eventually kicked off three weeks later – after insiders told The Sun Online that the atmosphere backstage had turned toxic.

However, Katya continually insisted that her marriage to Neil was not affected by the kiss and even admitted that she wanted to start a family with him.

Neil hasn't publicly commented on the scandal, although he did confess that he has had to "deal with a lot of s***" in a poignant Instagram post last month.

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Katya and Neil Jones snubbed from Strictly tour after Seann Walsh cheating scandal – one week after he's banned

Neil took to Instagram to share the news with fans, posting a photo of himself and his wife as he teased another "big announcement".

Sharing a snap of Katya, 29, pulling a funny face while he poses as normal, the 35-year-old hunk wrote: "Hi guys, so we won't be joining @strictlycomedancinglive but we will be joining the new Strictly pro tour in May and on top of that we have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! coming tomorrow, I can't wait for you all to find out."

The married couple's snub comes just one week after it was revealed that BBC bosses banned love rat Seann from Strictly's live tour in order to protect the show's family-friendly image.

The 32-year-old contestant was caught snogging his professional dance partner Katya after a boozy night out in October.

A show insider told The Sun: "The Strictly tour is a really wholesome, family-friendly event.

"It’s all about good, clean fun and we don’t think that a man who snogs married women in the street fits that image."

The incident also prompted a toxic atmosphere backstage at Strictly, but show bosses hoped that the ban will put that to bed.

A BBC source said: "Strictly has always been proud of its family-friendly image.

"Seann brought the show into disrepute with his behaviour."

Neil and Katya's announcement comes after fellow pro dancer Karen Clifton confirmed that she had signed up – after being axed from ex-husband Kevin Clifton's show following their split last year.

Karen said that she was "super excited" to be going on the tour, also revealing that she'll be partnered with former cricketer Graeme Swann.

The news is no doubt an additional blow to Karen's celebrity partner Charles Venn, who expressed his disappointment at not joining the tour earlier today.

The pair were eliminated from the competition at the weekend – only just missing out on a place in this Saturday's semi-final.

After a fan tweeted that the tour wouldn't be the same without him, Charles replied with a sad emoji face, a prayer emoji and a black heart.

It is not currently know why Charles will not be on the tour, or whether he'd been asked to join by producers.

As well as Graeme, the celebs taking part in the 2019 production are Dr Ranj Singh, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Joe Sugg, Ashley Roberts, and Faye Tozer.

Meanwhile, Alijaz Skorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Janette Manrara, AJ Pritchard, Dianne Buswell, and Giovanni Pernice will be joining Karen as the professional dancers.

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