Neil Patrick Harris has sparked online backlash over comments he made about Nick Jonas during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” in 2015.
In a resurfaced clip from the interview, the 49-year-old actor admitted he has a “crush” on the now 30-year-old singer.
“And he looked really good before being allowed to think he looked good, that was a bit of a problem, you had to wait until he turned, you know, from 19 to 20, and then You’re like, ‘What’s going on?'” Harris added.
Harris made the comments during the show’s “Hot Set” segment after Williams asked him on “How I Met Your Mother” who his “celebrity” is, other than her husband David Burtka. .
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“David knows that, so I think it’s not a bad thing to say…Nick Jonas,” Harris replied.
The “Jills” singer was 23 at the time of Harris’ appearance on Williams’ talk show, while the “Dougie Houser, 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 initially rose to fame due to their appearances on the Disney Channel and rose to fame after releasing their self-titled second studio album in 2007.
Harris’ comments were slammed by online critics after the resurfaced clip was recently posted on TikTok with the caption, “How do famous people get away with comments like this? He was 42 here.”
“This is totally inappropriate,” one social media user wrote, while another chimed in, “Neil is always doing something difficult.”
One critic added: “I love his characters but him as a person…yeah”.
“This is disgusting,” commented another with a sad smiley face emoji.
“Sometimes some things shouldn’t be said out loud,” one user wrote while another noted, “Bro try to save it from 19 to 20”.
Some critics took issue with the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“People don’t laugh,” one user wrote, adding a smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. Second weird laugh from the crowd. They finally hung up in a minute,” added another.
However, some of Harris’ fans came to his defense with one user writing, “Why aren’t they running away from this? Simply saying it’s not a crime.”
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“Nothing wrong with that 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 making a crude joke about Amy Winehouse’s death.
Harris and Burtka displayed an “Amy Winehouse Dead” buffet plate at their Halloween party just months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently surfaced 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 deplorable then, and it is deplorable now. Amy Winehouse was once a generational talent, and I’m sorry for any harm caused by this image.”
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