‘Parenthood’s’ Jason Ritter Says His Emmy Nomination Wasn’t for ‘Extreme Hotness’

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It’s the oldest argument in the book to blame someone’s success on their looks.

And Jason Ritter — nominated for a Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his show Parenthood — isn’t buying it.

“That’s what [co-star Lauren Graham] keeps saying. I don’t think so — not with all this mess on my face,” Ritter told Celebuzz at Wednesday’s Aid Still Required benefit party in Hollywood.

What else did Jason say about his looks and Emmy nomination?

Ritter, 32, did acknowledge he has more that a few female fans — even with the scruff: “Maybe!”

Graham, who plays Ritter’s love interest on the show, joked this week in a video post on THR.com that he was controversially nominated because of his “extreme hotness” and that it was the “beefcake award.”

Looking uncomfortable and fanning his face with his hands, Ritter said, “I am very hot in this moment.”

Ritter played more coy to Celebuzz when talking about the nomination.

“It’s huge. I still can’t quite believe it. I think somebody’s just messing around,” Ritter said.

“I think there are lots of times especially when they are bigger awards, lead actor, there’s talk about it and buzz. People get hints that they might win it — ‘Stay up late for the announcements,'” Ritter explained. “I didn’t hear any of that stuff. It was a total surprise. I never would have thought in a million years.”

Awards-watch website GoldDerby.com predicted several months ago, before the Emmy nominations were announced, that Ritter was a 100:1 shot to win the award.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast Sept. 23 from L.A. on ABC. Parenthood returns Sept. 11 on NBC at 10 PM.

Do you think Jason has a good chance to win an Emmy? Are you a Parenthood fan?