Rachel Bloom served as a backstage host for the Tonys again this year. Neil Patrick Harris, who watched from home, apparently had no idea who she was. Instead of texting one of his many friends in the theater world (or using Google), he asked Twitter—accompanied by a criticism he claimed was from his son.
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...— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 11, 2018
Not every grown-up theater kid knows each other, of course, but:
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.— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) June 11, 2018
Harris's response made it clear the whole exchange was not a bit.
Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 11, 2018
Sources: 1, 2, 3