When Neil Patrick Harris fired off a tweet insulting Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom, she had the perfect response…
How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards numerous times – so it’s no surprise that he has an opinion on them, even when he’s just watching from the sofa.
But this year, a hastily fired off tweet about the awards ended up landing him in hot water.
“Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at the Tony Awards?” he tweeted. “Gideon [his son] remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused…”.
The “woman in the top hat”? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writer and actress Rachel Bloom, who was hosting the backstage element of the televised awards – a woman that Harris has, it turned out, met several times.
“I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for How I Met Your Mother for 5 years,” she wrote. “Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.”
An hour later, Harris somewhat awkwardly replied: “Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?”.
Fans of Bloom were distinctly unimpressed.
And in a GQ interview, Bloom opened up further about the incident – which she clarified “wasn’t a joke”.
“No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke,” she said. “Basically… I saw that tweet. And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, ‘This makes me sad.’ But then I was like, Ehhhhhhhhhh… I don’t want to give him that, necessarily.
“Look. I’ve met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it.”
And Bloom’s take on Harris’ fame was also interesting.
“Look, he’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts,” she continued. “And fame does that to you - where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers.
“And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men,” she continued. “Even if what you’re saying is, I don’t know, kind of weird or unoriginal, you’re still getting a lot of approval and dopamine surges for saying it.
“And I really, really hope that I can surround myself with people who will call me out on my shit, so that - even if I ever were to have 27 million Twitter followers - I would be just kind of… a person first, and a famous person second.”
Harris has now apologised in full, saying that he “should have known better”.