Neil Patrick Harris is currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, and his legions of fans – male and female – come out to see his performances pretty regularly. One of them got a little overzealous during one of this week’s performances… and the response she got was less than cordial.
From the New York Post:
Mid-performance, a female fan yelled out, “I love you, Neil!” Harris — who plays a transgender East German punk — yelled back, without missing a beat, in character, “I’m doing something up here, motherf–ker!”
The Post’s Barbara Hoffman reports it was met with rapturous applause.
If that sounds rude as hell, don’t worry – the audience really did love it and it was all in good fun, according to his rep:
“The response to the fan yelling was actually done in character — Neil as Hedwig, not as though Neil stopped the show to respond out of character.”
In fact, the full interaction wasn’t even reported, much less accurately.
Harris’ rep explains, “When the fan initially yelled, ‘I love you, Neil,’ Neil (as Hedwig) then responded, ‘Who’s Neil? I’m not Neil.’ He then looked over at Yitzhak (played by Lena Hall) and said, ‘Are you Neil? You better not be Neil’ followed by Hedwig then offering the quote in question.”
“It was all done in good fun, and fully in the context of the show. The audience went crazy and it really was a light-hearted moment, which is not being properly contextualized in any of these various posts,” adds the spokesperson.
Yeah, yeah, we get it. No need to overcompensate so much, damn – no one thinks NPH is some awful monster or anything. He said what he felt in the moment and everyone thought it was hilarious. Done and over with!
April 21, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
Just like Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick before him, Neil Patrick Harris is also giving back this Thanksgiving by helping prepare meals for those in need at Los Angeles Mission. Celebrities, led by chef Michael Voltaggio, prepared a traditional Thanksgiving meal for those in need on Wednesday night, which is pretty great. There are so many people unable to afford to have a meal today, and it’s a lovely gesture.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 27, 2013
Jo Frost (Supernanny!), Bella Thorne from the Disney channel and Andrea Bowen of Desperate Housewives were also around to help out. Love it! This is a great way to spend your time, and while sure, it gets good publicity for the celebrities doing it, they still have to donate their time and energy, so for today I’m not going to be cynical and believe that everyone was there because they really, really care about helping those less fortunate.
November 28, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have been engaged for ages but have been holding off on the nuptials because of the whole Defense of Marriage Act thing. Well, now that it’s been ruled unconstitutional, it’s time to have a big wedding! Well, maybe not a big one, but a wedding nonetheless.
From E! Online:
“Certainly, we have children and marriage is an appropriate thing to do [as] a part of their well being, so I’m sure it will be inevitable—and awesome!” Harris told me last night at the opening of Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Where the nuptials will take place is still up in the air, too. “We’re about to move to New York so it’s a tricky situation,” Harris said. “I don’t know if it would be an east coast or west coast thing.”
Yay! I don’t really know much about NPH and I’m certainly not wedding crazy, but I’m 100% in support of people who are in love being allowed to get married just like everyone else, so good luck to them.
July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Can you believe that we haven’t talked about Neil Patrick Harris since July? And even then, that story was about a rumored split between Neil and his partner, David Burtka. The last time we talked about Neil Patrick Harris being completely wonderful was in June. The beginning of June, even. What’s been happening around here?!
But just rest assured that we are back on track, and the NPH dry spell is officially over. Here’s this video from a series (that will hopefully continue forever) called “Neil’s Puppet Dreams.” It makes these long hard months we’ve been without Neil gossip all seem worth it, doesn’t it?
November 28, 2012 at 11:30 am by Emily
My answer: NO, DUH, GOD. Of course Neil Patrick Harris isn’t going to be single soon, that’s such a dumb thing to even think! He has been with David Burtka for eight years, and they have adorable children together and they’re going to get married together and they’re going to be together forever, AND THAT’S IT.
Unsurprisingly, the National Enquirer (via Celebitchy) doesn’t see things the same way I do:
The baby blues have hit Neil Patrick Harris and his gay partner David Burtka — and they’re dragging their feet on wedding plans, sources say.
The “How I Met Your Mother” star, 39, isn’t ready to give the couple’s young twins a sibling, but David is, and friends fear it could end their relationship.
“Neil loves being a dad to baby Gideon and his sister Harper, but he doesn’t want to re-create ‘The Brady Bunch,’” a friend told The Enquirer.
“He’s so busy with his acting career and other work that it would be circuit overload for him to add another child to the mix — and this has upset David.”
Neil, who came out of the closet in 2006, has been with 37-year-old David, an actor and celebrity chef, for eight years. They became dads when a surrogate delivered the twins in October 2010, and last year the pair announced plans to marry. But they haven’t moved forward with their wedding, and sources say the main sticking point is the size of their family.
“David believes that with all the good fortune they’ve had, they should share it with a large family,” said another source.
“But Neil was nervous as could be becoming a dad to twins. He can’t imagine going through that again.”
In a recent interview, the former “Doogie Howser, M.D.” star admitted he “didn’t love” his first months as a dad. “I struggled with it a lot,” Neil said, adding he’d often “pass off” the twins to David and tackle other household chores instead.
“They have a pretty good system now with the twins, but Neil can’t imagine adding another baby to the equation,” said the friend. “David, on the other hand, doesn’t see why they wouldn’t want to. If they can’t resolve this, it could be the end of them as a couple.
YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH, ENQUIRER. There has never and there will never be anything wrong with the beautiful, perfect union between Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and I really will not hear anything to the contrary. You’re just jealous that you haven’t found a love like theirs, Enquirer. That’s all this is. So why don’t you stop talking about other people and look into your own life? Don’t put your own bitterness on these guys. You’re pathetic, Enquirer, that’s what you are. Straight pathetic.
July 7, 2012 at 11:00 am by Emily
This is what Jessica Chastain wore to last night’s Tony Awards. I think she was even being serious.
And just because I’m sure many of you are thinking “wow, that bodice looks seriously awful,” let me show you a close up, because you have no idea:
So yeah. It’s not cute, it’s not flattering, and she doesn’t even look like she likes it herself. It’s just a bad situation all around.
But just so I don’t leave you with pictures of a hideous dress and nothing more, let’s talk about Neil Patrick Harris for a minute. Over the weekend, there were some comments questioning why Neil Patrick Harris is so lovable. Well, he hosted the Tonys last night, and during the three hour broadcast, he gave us quite a few reasons to love him.
For instance, I love Neil Patrick Harris because of this:
And also because of this:
And, of course, because of this:
He also welcomed the audience to “the 66th annual Tony Awards, or, as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay.” If none of those things do it for you, then I’m sorry, but NPH is probably not the celebrity demigod for you.