Neil Patrick Harris sparked online backlash for comments he made about Nick Jonas during a 2015 appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
In a clip that has resurfaced from the interview, the 49-year-old actor admitted he had a “crush” on the 30-year-old singer.
“And he was really handsome before he was allowed to think he was handsome, which was kind of a problem, you had to wait until he was, you know, 19 or 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, so I guess it’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 years old when he and his brothers Kevin and Joe formed the boy band The Jonas Brothers in 2005. They initially gained popularity with their appearances on the Disney Channel and shot to fame after releasing their self-titled second studio album in 2007.
Harris’ comments were slammed by critics online when the resurfaced clip was recently posted on TikTok with the caption: “How do celebs make comments like this? I was 42 here.”
“This is completely inappropriate,” wrote one social media user, while another chimed in: “Neil is always doing something problematic.”
“I love his characters, but him as a person…yeah,” one reviewer added.
“This is disgusting,” commented another with a sick smiley face emoji.
“Sometimes certain things shouldn’t be said out loud,” one user wrote while another noted: “Bro tried to save it with the ’19 to 20′.”
Some critics questioned the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“not the laughing crowd,” one user wrote, adding a smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. the 2nd awkward laugh from the crowd. Finally hung up for a minute,” added another.
However, some of Harris’ fans came to her defense with one user writing: “Why wouldn’t they get away with this? Just saying it’s not a crime.”
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“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 winner apologized after a morbid joke he made about Amy Winehouse’s death resurfaced.
Harris and Burtka displayed “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” buffet at their Halloween party just months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently resurfaced from 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 now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I regret any harm this image has caused.”
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