Neil Patrick Harris Didn’t Know Who Rachel Bloom Was—And Her Response Was Legendary

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards telecast was filled with controversial political statements but no one expected a controversy between four-time Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris and CW Television Network series creator Rachel Bloom.

Bloom, who writes, produces and stars in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning musical-comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was hosting the backstage segment of the broadcast for CBS, as she did last year. Harris threw a little shade, not only pulling a “Who that? Never heard of her,” but also taking aim at her speech patterns.

Instead of laughs, it appears Harris inserted his foot into his own mouth—in a big way. Not only should he know who Bloom is, as a fan of musical theater, but he’s apparently met her several times and worked with her husband before.

Bloom was happy to remind him of those details: 

Harris tried to recover from being schooled in front of the internet:

But Twitter was having none of it:

Others seemed stunned by the former How I Met Your Mother star’s confessional tweet, which made him sound either petty or woefully out of the musical theater loop.

Some fans chose to believe it was all an elaborate joke:

As of this morning, Bloom, whose show takes on the topic of mental illness in the hopes of educating, entertaining, and destigmatizing the issue and who often hosts the hashtag #TheaterKidRevengeCorner on her social media as a way for theater kids to clap back at bullies, has not yet replied to Harris’ non-apology tweet. Harris has also not issued a follow-up tweet. 

Here’s a sample of her #TheaterKidRevengeCorner 2018 Tony Awards edition:

H/T: Twitter, HuffPost