Neil Patrick Harris Apologises For His Shady Tony Awards Tweet
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While the Tony Awards gave us some truly memorable moments -- like that time Robert De Niro said "f**k Trump" or that other time Robert De Niro said "f**k Trump" -- but one of the most surprising moments happened off screen completely.
Neil Patrick Harris is no stranger to the Tony Awards. In 2014 he won the Lead Actor award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and also hosted in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. We mean it when we say he's no stranger.
But this year the How I Met Your Mother star watched from the comfort of his own home where he fired off some... questionable tweets.
The most notable was aimed at Rachel Bloom, the creator, writer and lead of the incredible series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Bloom was serving as the backstage correspondent for the awards show.
Harris fired off a tweet to his 27.7 million followers asking, "Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at the Tony Awards?"
It's a strange tweet considering Google exists. The fact that Bloom has been a rising star in the industry AND the added awkwardness of his seven-year-old son's alleged feedback. NPH wasn't the only one who was confused...
Bloom tweeted back with the utmost class and handfuls of receipts that not only should Harris know who the hell she is -- but that he should probably have had a bit more respect.
To which Harris responded, "Well said".
SO STRANGE, RIGHT? Also someone who hosted the Tony Awards SEVERAL TIMES would know what a garbage, thankless gig it is and to throw shade on someone else doing their job seems so misguided and downright awkward.
It felt so off that many people began to wonder if the whole thing was some kind of joke between two pals.
While Bloom didn't respond to Harris' non-apology she did talk to GQ where she cleared up the rumour it was all in jest, and ever so delicately obliterated the Smurfs star.
"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, 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. 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."
Bloom went on to talk about how she worried about being in a similar position to Harris, to having so many fans at your fingertips through social media that you lose the notion of what's necessary to say.
"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.
"And I guess what I would say is, the thing he said in response [to my tweet] wasn’t really an apology as much as saying, like, 'Well said! Thanks for the reminder'."
It's a really interesting chat that goes further into her time at the Tony Awards, and the work she has done on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in crafting a series that features so many original songs.
After all that, and between writing a list of what he wants for his birthday (a melodica, automatons, newfound resolve to meditate and focus), Harris tweeted an actual apology, which Bloom accepted.
No word yet on if he's going to apologise to Bruce Springsteen for crapping on the Special Tony Award honour given for his one-man show Springsteen on Broadway.
If they adapt this saga for the stage we hope Rachel Bloom gets to play Springsteen.
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