Neil Patrick Harris Went After Bruce Springsteen During the Tony Awards

Neil was not happy about the singer's Special Tony win.

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Neil Patrick Harris proved how much he loves drama last night while live-tweeting the Tony Awards. The actor and four-time host of the award show started off on a positive note by praising but he ended the night throwing some shade at Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom and Bruce Springsteen, the iconic singer of .

Let's start with Rachel, shall we? The 31-year-old Golden Globe winner was the backstage host of this year's show, and Neil implied in a tweet that he had no idea who she was.

Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at ? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused...

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH)

Rachel responded later that night, and it turns out that the two have actually met a handful of times, according to her. (Rachel's husband was a writer on Neil's hit show, How I Met Your Mother.)

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)

Awkward ... but Neil tried to diffuse the situation after she responded:

Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH)

So we're all settled there. But then the A Series of Unfortunate Events star continued his Tonys critique by not-so-subtly dissing Bruce's Special Tony Award win for his Broadway show.

How was not nominated for a Tony? won, and he uses teleprompters. I don’t get the logic...

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH)

What some of Bruce's fans might not know is that the iconic singer has been using teleprompters for years, to read his lines for both regular tours and his residency on Broadway.

Twitter users immediately came to the singer's defense, including one who wrote: “Dude, Bruce is almost 70. Let’s check your memory when you get to that age.”

Others chimed in saying that since Bruce's award was a Special Tony, it wasn’t given based on his actual performance in the show, but rather for how many fans were brought in.

Huge fan but Bruce didn't take a nomination from anyone. It was a "special tony" as stated for bringing thousands of his fans to Broadway. Don't be a douche, bet the teleprompters are pretty available on bad Heineken commercials hmm?

— Ed Callahan (@emc31026)

According to the official , Bruce's award is for the "ongoing engagement of Springsteen on Broadway, a once-in-a-lifetime theatergoing experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol."

While Bruce fans might have mixed opinions on his use of teleprompters, they all still appreciate his ability to put on an amazing show.

"Honestly, this doesn’t bother me in the slightest," Chris Phillips, editor of the Springsteen-dedicated Backstreets magazine told back in 2012. "He’s probably the best performer of the modern rock era. If this helps him put on a great performance, why should I have a problem with that?"

So ... we obviously want to know:

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