Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony’s tweet left Rachel Bloom ‘kind of devastated’

TWITTER was taken aback during this week’s Tony Awards thanks to one sudden and very unexpected feud between two pre-eminent musical theatre stars — Neil Patrick Harris and Rachel Bloom.

The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star was backstage during the awards show, tossing to commercials and doing banter and bits with Broadway celebs. But Harris was apparently confused by the whole thing, sending out a tweet asking his followers who she was — and pointing out that his 7-year-old son had noticed she said “like” and “oh my god” a lot.

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Making matters even more awkward is the fact that Bloom’s husband was actually a writer on How I Met Your Mother for five years and wrote an episode that should be near and dear to Harris’ heart.

Bloom called that out in her reply:

Harris has since apologised for his initial tweet.

In an interview with GQ, Bloom got to go over the unexpected and bewildering beef in detail. Bloom says that when she initially saw the tweet, she “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.’”

Bloom said that she has met Harris a number of times, including “very recently” 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.”

Bloom has her own theory about what inspired Harris to tweet that random observation: “[H]e’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.”

Harris did respond to Bloom pointing out that they have, in fact, met, with a tweet that Bloom says “wasn’t really an apology as much as saying, like, ‘Well said! Thanks for the reminder.’”

Bloom laughed and added that there is actually a big framed photo of her husband, his writing partner, and Neil Patrick Harris on the wall in their shared home office. “So it’s, like, a big part of our lives!”

Still, Bloom has some perspective on this quasi-altercation now that it’s a few days in the past “Look, he didn’t say that I was terrible. It was just kind of a random thing,” said Bloom.

“But I think, if he wants to be gracious: He has 27 million Twitter followers. He could check out an episode of the musical TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — which is, right now, the only musical show on television. And tell his 27 million Twitter followers to check it out. I wouldn’t hate that!”

This story originally appeared in Decider.

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