It seems even beloved celebrities can fall into the trap of an over inflated ego. At this years Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris proved it can happen to the best of them. Harris sent out a snarky tweet criticizing an "unknown" woman. Too bad it turns out that the woman was Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Bloom who is widely known for her breakout role in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Not only did Bloom co-create the show, she and Harris have a pretty extended history.
Bloom wasted no time letting Harris know exactly who she is.
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. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) June 11, 2018
That would have been the perfect time to apologize, but Harris chose instead to sidestep the huge elephant in the room.
Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 11, 2018
Others thought for sure it was an inside joke between the two of them.
Have we really become so stupefied marinating in idiocy to not understand NPH was being SARCASTIC?? Folks, this is Doogie, he pretended to a doctor on TV. You are mistaking him for Drumphf who pretends to be a President on Twitter— Ginger Jedi (@QuiGonnGinGi) June 11, 2018
Uh, sorry, Ginger but it wasn't a joke. Bloom talked about the awkward exchange to GQ, saying:
No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke. 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.
She went on to explain how fame can turn good people into not so good people:
But 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. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers. And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men. 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.
We're happy to say Harris realized the error of his ways and made a real apology.
Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet. I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 13, 2018
That's how it's done. Apology given, apology accepted.
With that out of the way, we can all go back to jazz hands!