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Hairspray Live will air from L.A. on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

By Lanford Beard
Updated September 21, 2016 12:25 PM
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One of TV’s Difficult People will soon be among “The Nicest Kids in Town.”

Billy Eichner will join Hairspray Live! as Rob Barker, a local Baltimore newscaster who reports on hair-hopping heroine Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) when she faces legal trouble for trying to integrate The Corny Collins Show.

Entertainment Weekly first exclusively reported that Eichner, 38, is joining the NBC live musical event’s star-studded ensemble, which includes Harvey Fierstein reprising the role of Edna Turnblad that won him a Tony award, as well as Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright, Andrea Martin, Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell

Hairspray Live will air from L.A. on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.