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 excerpt from the interview, the 49-year-old actor admitted he had a “crush” on the now 30-year-old singer.
“And he was really handsome before he was allowed to think he was handsome, which was a bit of a problem, you kind of had to wait until he was, you know, 19 to 20, and then you’re like, ‘What’s going on?'” Harris added.
Harris made the remarks during the show’s “Hot Seat” segment after Williams asked the “How I Met Your Mother” alum who her “celebrity crush” was besides husband David Burtka.
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“David knows that, so I guess that’s not a bad thing to say…Nick Jonas,” Harris replied.
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 when he and his brothers Kevin and Joe formed boy band The Jonas Brothers in 2005. They first gained popularity through their appearances on the Disney Channel and rose to fame after the release of their second studio album. eponymous in 2007.
Harris’ remarks were lambasted by online critics when the clip resurfaced recently on TikTok with the caption: “How do celebrities get away with comments like this? He was 42 here .”
“This is completely inappropriate,” wrote one social media user, while another added, “neil is always doing something problematic.”
“I love his characters but him as a person…yuck,” one reviewer added.
“This is disgusting,” another commented with a nauseous smiley face 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 took issue with the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“not the laughing crowd,” wrote one user, adding a grimacing smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. The second goofy laugh from the crowd. They ended up hanging on 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 it? Just saying it’s not a criminal offence.”
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“There is nothing wrong with that comment,” said another fan.
This isn’t the first time Harris has been called out by fans. In May, the two-time Emmy Award winner apologized after a morbid joke he made about the death of Amy Winehouse resurfaced.
Harris and Burtka presented “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” buffet platter at their Halloween party just months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently surfaced at a Halloween-themed party my husband and I threw 11 years ago,” Harris told Entertainment Weekly in a statement at the time. “It was unfortunate then, and it remains unfortunate today. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I’m sorry for any hurt that image caused.”
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