Neil Patrick Harris is setting the record straight after several reports surfaced that he responded negatively to a fan during a performance of his Broadway rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
During a recent show at the Belasco Theatre in New York City, as the actor appeared on stage in character as a transgender German rock star, a fan reportedly yelled out, "We love you Neil!" Harris responded, as his character Hedwig, "I'm doing something up here, [expletive]."
Several news outlets initially reported the outburst as a direct response from Harris to the fan, however, Harris and the website Gossip Cop clarified the incident as nothing more than an improvisation. (Warning: link contains expletives)
Harris tweeted a link to Gossip Cop's story on April 20, saying, "It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context. Gossip Cop clarified #thanks."
A spokesperson for Harris told the outlets that his response to the fan was, "done in character - Neil as Hedwig, not as though Neil stopped the show to respond out of character." The outlet further clarified that much of the interaction was not initially reported, and that Harris and his co-star used the fan comment as a light-hearted moment of the performance.
"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 Kena Hall) and said, 'Are you Neil? You better not be Neil' followed by Hedwig then offering the quote in question."
Harris has been starring in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" since March 2014, with performances expected to run through August 2014. The actor recently wrapped his long-running CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," which ended on March 31 after nine seasons on the air.
Pictured above: Left - A marquee for the Broadway play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" dated March 19, 2014. Right - Neil Patrick Harris appears on "Good Morning America" on April 17, 2014. Check out a PHOTO of the actor dressed as Hedwig below.