Neil Patrick Harris sparked an online backlash over comments he made about Nick Jonas during a 2015 appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
In a resurfaced video of the interview, the 49-year-old actress admitted she had a “crush” on the 30-year-old singer.
“And she was so beautiful before you were allowed to think she was beautiful, which was a little bit of a problem, you had to wait until she was, you know, 19 to 20, and then you were like, ‘What’s going on?’ Harris added.
Harris made the remark during the show’s “Hot Seat” segment after Williams asked the “How I Met Your Mother” alum who was a “celebrity,” besides her husband David Burtka .
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“David knows that, so I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say that … Nick Jonas,” Harris replied.
The “Jealous” singer was 23 when Harris appeared on Williams’ talk while the “Doogie Howser, MD” actor was 42.
A representative 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 gained fame by appearing on the Disney Channel and rose to fame after the release of 2007 self-titled second studio album.
Harris’ comments were slammed by critics online when the resurfaced video was recently posted on TikTok with the caption: “How celebs get away with expressing- such an idea? He’s been here for 42 years.”
“This is so wrong,” one social media user wrote, while another tweeted, “neil always makes trouble.”
“I like her character but she as a person… yikes,” one critic added.
“That’s disgusting,” commented another with a smiley face emoji.
“Sometimes some things shouldn’t be said out loud,” wrote one user while another noted, “Bro tried to save her from ’19 to 20′”.
Some critics took issue with the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“It’s not the crowd that laughs,” one user wrote, adding a smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. the 2nd crowd’s laughs are embarrassing. They finally hung around for a minute,” another added.
However, some of Harris’ fans came to her defense with one user writing: “Why can’t they get away with it? Just saying it’s not a crime,”
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“There’s nothing wrong with that comment,” said another fan.
This isn’t the first time fans have called Harris out. In May, the two-time Emmy Award winner apologized after he made a disgusting joke about Amy Winehouse’s death.
Harris and Burtka displayed “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” buffet at a Halloween party, a few months after her death in 2011.
“Photos recently surfaced from a Halloween-themed party that my wife and I hosted 11 years ago,” Harris told Entertainment Weekly in a statement at the time. “It was regrettable then, and it is regrettable now. Amy Winehouse is a once-in-a-generation talent, and I apologize for any hurt this photo may have caused.”
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