Neil Patrick Harris reacts to comments made about himself online Nick Jonas During a 2015 appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show”.
In a clip from the interview, the 49-year-old actor admitted that he had a “crush” on the now 30-year-old singer.
“And he was really good looking, before he was allowed to think he was good looking, which was a problem, you had to wait until he became, you know, 19 to 20, and so You’re like, ‘What’s up?'” Harris added.
Williams was asked by the “How I Met Your Mother” alum who her “celebrity crush” was other than her husband, David Burtka, Harris remarked during a “hot seat” segment on the show.
“David knows it, 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 Hauser, 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 a boy band Jonas Brothers in 2005. He initially gained popularity with his appearance on the Disney Channel and skyrocketed to fame after releasing his self-titled second studio album in 2007.
Harris’ comment was blasted by online critics when a recently resurfaced clip was posted on TikTok with the caption, “How do celebs get away with comments like this? He’s here at 42. Were.”
“This is totally unfair,” wrote one social media user, while another chimed in, “Neil is always doing something problematic.”
One critic said, “I love his characters but as a person… oh.”
“It’s disgusting,” commented another with a nauseous smiley face emoji.
One user wrote, “Sometimes some things shouldn’t be said out loud,” while another wrote, “Brother tried to save it with ’19 to 20′.”
Some critics took issue with the studio audience’s reaction to Harris’ comments.
“The crowd is not laughing,” wrote one user, adding a serious smiley face emoji.
“Jesus. Awkward laughter from the crowd. They finally hung up on a minute,” said another.
However, some Harris fans came to her defense and one user wrote, “Why wouldn’t they get away with this? Just to say it’s not a criminal offence,”
Another fan said, “There is nothing wrong with this comment.”
This isn’t the first time Harris has been dismissed by fans. In May, the two-time Emmy Award winner apologized after one sick joke he made About the death of Amy Winehouse came out again.
Harris and Burtka displayed “The Corps of Amy Winehouse” buffet platter at their Halloween party a few months after her death in 2011.
“Recently my husband and I hosted a Halloween-themed party 11 years ago,” Harris told Entertainment Weekly in a statement at the time. “It was regrettable then, and it is regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a genius once in a generation, and I am sorry for any hurt this image has caused.”