The 72nd Annual Tony Awards telecast was filled with controversial political statements but what no one expected was there to be controversy between four-time past Tony Awards host, Neil Patrick Harris and CW Television Network series creator, Rachel Bloom.
Bloom, who writes, produces and stars in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical-comedy-drama series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was hosting the backstage segment of the broadcast for CBS (as she did last year) when NPH decided to get a little shady about the actress, not only pulling a "Who that? Never heard of her," but also taking aim at her idiolectical speech patterns:
Instead of laughs though, it appears Harris simply inserted his foot into his own mouth—in a BIG way.
Not only should NPH know who Bloom is, as a fan of musical theater, but he's apparently met her (several times) AND worked with her husband before—a few details Bloom was only too-kind to remind him about:
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
Though NPH attempted to stealthily recover from being schooled in front of the Internet...
Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 11, 2018
...Twitter was having none of it:
Yeah, wtf? I’m disappointed in NPH! Rachel is a national treasure!— Face 4 Radio (@Face4theRadi0) June 11, 2018
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS YOU MUST WATCH CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND IMMEDIATELY.— Andy Germuga (@andytgerm) June 11, 2018
Honestly, I am equal parts horribly embarrassed for you and also EXTREMELY disappointed right now— Michael "Abolish ICE and punch Nazis" Chu (@MichaelChu7) June 11, 2018
Others seemed to be so stunned by the former How I Met Your Mother star's confessional tweet, which seemingly showed him to either be horribly petty or woefully out-of-the-musical-theater-loop that they chose to believe it was all an elaborate joke:
I can't believe how many people think NPH actually doesn't know who Rachel is 🤣— #NoMaleFaves2018 (@RageOnThePage) June 11, 2018
Whew! Relief. I mean, I'm ready for them to come out as BFF, please.— Ciona Rouse (@cionar) June 11, 2018
As of this morning, Bloom, whose show takes on the topic of mental illness in the hopes of educating, entertaining, and destigmatizing the issue and who often hosts the hashtag
#TheaterKidRevengeCorner on her social media as a way for theater kids to clap back at bullies, has not yet replied to NPH's non-apology tweet. Harris has also not issued a J/K tweet.
Here's a sample of her #TheaterKidRevengeCorner 2018 Tony Awards edition: