Neil Patrick Harris sparked online backlash over comments he made about Nick Jonas during a 2015 appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
The 49-year-old actor admitted in a clip from the interview that he had a “crush” on the now 30-year-old singer.
“And he was really good-looking before it was allowed to think that he was good-looking, 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 happening?'” 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 her “celebrity crush” was besides her husband David Burtka.
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“David knows that, so I guess it’s not a bad thing to say… Nick Jonas,” Harris replied.
The “Jealous” singer was 23 when Harris appeared 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 the boy band The Jonas Brothers in 2005. They initially gained popularity through their appearances on the Disney Channel and rose to fame after releasing their self-titled second studio album in 2007. has.
Harris’ comments were blasted by online critics when the resurfaced clip was recently posted on TikTok with the caption, “How do celebs get away with comments like this? He was 42 here.”
“This is totally inappropriate,” one social media user wrote, while another chimed in, “neil always does something problematic.”
“I love his characters, but for him as a person… yikes,” added one critic.
“It’s disgusting,” said another with a sick smiley face emoji.
“Sometimes certain 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,” one user wrote, adding a grimacing smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. the 2nd awkward laugh from the crowd. They ended up hanging for a minute,” added another.
However, some of Harris’ fans came to his defense with one user writing: “Why won’t they get away with this? Simply saying this is no criminal offence.”
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“There is nothing wrong with this 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 Amy Winehouse’s death resurfaced.
Harris and Burtka displayed “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” buffet board at their Halloween party just months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago,” Harris said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly at the time. “It was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I’m sorry for any hurt this image caused.”
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