Neil Patrick Harris has sparked an online backlash over comments he made about Nick Jonas during a 2015 appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
In a resurfaced clip from the interview, the 49-year-old actor admitted he had a “crush” on the now 30-year-old singer.
“And he looked really good before he was allowed to think he looked good, which was a bit of a problem, you had to wait until he turned into, you know, 19 to 20, and then you’re like, ‘What’s going on?'” Harris added.
Harris made the comments during the “Hot Seat” segment on the show after Williams asked the “How I Met Your Mother” alum who his “famous crush” was, other than her husband David Burtka.
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“David knows it, so it’s not a bad thing to say… Nick Jonas,” Harris responded.
The “Jealous” singer was 23 at the time of Harris’ appearance on Williams’ talk show while the “Doogie Howser, MD” actor was 42.
Representatives for Harris did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Jonas was 12 years old when he and his brothers Kevin and Joe formed the boy band The Jonas Brothers in 2005. They first became popular from their appearances on the Disney Channel and rose to fame after the release of their self-titled second studio album. title in 2007.
Harris’ comments came under fire from critics online when the recently resurfaced clip was posted on TikTok with the caption, “How do celebs get away with comments like this? He was 42 years old here.”
“This is totally inappropriate,” wrote one social media user, while another chimed in, “Neil is always doing something problematic.”
“I love his characters but him as a person… yikes,” added one critic.
“That’s disgusting,” said another with a sick smile emoji.
“Sometimes some things shouldn’t be said out loud,” wrote one user while another noted, “Bro tried to save it with the ’19 to 20′”.
Some critics disagreed with the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“not the laughing crowd,” wrote one user, adding a shocked smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. 2nd awkward laugh from the crowd. In the end they went to wait for a minute,” added another.
However, some of Harris’ fans came to his defense with one user writing, “Why wouldn’t they get away with this? Simply saying this is not a crime,”
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“There is nothing wrong with this comment,” said another fan.
This is not the first time Harris has been called out by fans. In May, the two-time Emmy Award winner apologized after a sick joke he made about Amy Winehouse’s death resurfaced.
Harris and Burtka displayed “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” buffet platter at their Halloween party a few months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago,” Harris told Entertainment Weekly in a statement at the time. “It was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I am sorry for any hurt caused by this image.”
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