Neil Patrick Harris' Rachel Bloom exchange is so weird

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From Digital Spy

Neil Patrick Harris had a rather awkward Twitter exchange with Rachel Bloom after this week's Tony Awards.

The How I Met Your Mother star tweeted on Monday (June 11): "Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says 'like' and 'oh my god' a lot. I'm confused..."

For reference – Bloom was serving as the show's backstage correspondent, while Gideon is Harris' son.

So, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star responded directly to Harris' tweet: "I'm a big fan of yours.

"We've met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for How I Met Your Mother for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father."

Harris then tweeted: "Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?"

The rather strange exchange was not a joke, according to Bloom, who has since opened up about what exactly was going on.

"Basically... I saw that tweet," she told GQ. "And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, 'This makes me sad.' But then I was like, 'Ehhhhhhhhhh... I don't want to give him that, necessarily.'

"Look. I've met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn't ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn't Google it."

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Bloom described Harris' Twitter as "unformed thoughts", arguing that "fame does that to you", further adding: "And I guess what I would say is, the thing he said in response [to my tweet] wasn't really an apology as much as saying, like, 'Well said! Thanks for the reminder.'"

Since the interview, Harris has apologised, tweeting: "Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet.

"I failed to research her before pressing 'send', and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better."

Bloom tweeted that she had "accepted" his apology.

Still, count this as one of the oddest celebrity stories of the week.

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