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Neil Patrick Harris Publicist: He's Not Gay

Burtka_harris_1A publicist for actor Neil Patrick Harris has issued a statement following a report on Canada.com that Harris had helped his "longtime sweetheart" David Burtka land a role on the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Here's the item that sent publicist pens aflutter:

"Nepotism is alive and well in Hollywood. Former Doogie Howser star Neil Patrick Harris, 33, recently got his longtime sweetheart David Burtka, 31, a guest role on his series How I Met Your Mother (airing Wednesday nights on CH). Burtka is an experienced theatre actor (he played opposite Bernadette Peters in Gypsy on Broadway and starred in the touring company of Beauty and the Beast) but also had small parts on episodes of The West Wing and Crossing Jordan."

The publicist reportedly claims of Harris: "He's not of that persuasion."

Pictured are David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris from a cast photo of a benefit performance of The Business done at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

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  1. What? He likes blonds only?

    Posted by: Anon | Nov 1, 2006 3:52:51 PM

  2. Now THAT is a fucking publicist! "He's not of that persuasion" which is vague enough to possibly mean "he's not the type of guy who would pull strings to get his fuck-toy a walk-on on his sitcom." I saw them together a bakery several months ago buying pastries for some brunch they were going to - what could possibly be gayer than that?

    Posted by: MP | Nov 1, 2006 3:57:52 PM

  3. Pathetic. Why do these publicists insist on "protecting" their clients by denying the obvious? Of course, NPH is gay. Oh, maybe the publicist was denying that NPH is of the "persuasion" that engages in nepotism.

    Posted by: rudy | Nov 1, 2006 3:58:34 PM

  4. You are a faster typist than I am, JM!

    Posted by: rudy | Nov 1, 2006 3:59:35 PM

  5. It's the entertainment industry that is now lagging behind other industries in their honesty about gay workers and it's seeming more and more shameful. What are the agents and publicists afraid of anymore? Just because Harris plays a hetero cad on his show, what, they think audiences won't be able to suspend disbelief? How many times does the mistake of discrediting your audience need to be proven? Out actor Dan Butler played a shallow, womanizing sports nut on Frasier and nobody blinked. Nine out of ten times it's the advisors who are to blame for perpetuating the shame, not the actor. This has got to stop.

    Posted by: Rascal | Nov 1, 2006 4:03:00 PM

  6. Has his publicist met Neil Patrick Harris?

    Posted by: Marco | Nov 1, 2006 4:03:10 PM

  7. Who the fuck are they trying to kid? He's as gay as Elton John at a drag queen dress store!

    Posted by: homos 4 all | Nov 1, 2006 4:03:42 PM

  8. he's not proud enough to be gay.
    and besides, we don't need him.

    Posted by: A.J. | Nov 1, 2006 4:11:13 PM

  9. The first line of her obituary is destined to be, "Neil Patrick Harris, star of Doogie Howser, MD...," and she's worried about being called a faggot?


    Posted by: 24play | Nov 1, 2006 4:19:32 PM

  10. Then his affair with Sondheim was strictly gay-for-pay? I thought NPH being gay was a completely "open secret" at this point. (Or maybe he just sleeps with the brass for good parts.)

    Posted by: adamblast | Nov 1, 2006 4:22:29 PM

  11. Sondheim, huh? You know, his cuffs are NOT fur-lined...

    Posted by: Rascal | Nov 1, 2006 4:30:26 PM

  12. Hey! NPH wouldn't do that, 'ight!

    Posted by: NOT FOR YOU | Nov 1, 2006 4:34:21 PM

  13. Ah, the ol' Kevin Spacey line of press denial.

    Yo, Doogie, you're not fooling anyone! Especially considering every queer in New York has seen you out and about. And not in a Chris Meloni-flirts-with-gays kind of way.

    In a holy-shit-is-that-Wentworth-Miller-macking-that-guy kind of way.

    Posted by: jeff | Nov 1, 2006 4:39:52 PM

  14. What a load of crap and lies! The show is on Mondays not Wednesdays. Sheesh!

    Posted by: Ulrich | Nov 1, 2006 4:45:28 PM

  15. ...why don't you bunch of bitter assed queens toss your fooken anger towards Bush et al. and leave actors personal choices as such!

    Posted by: Lead | Nov 1, 2006 4:52:41 PM

  16. You guys are great! The minute I saw this post I thought "I can't wait to see the comments". This shit cracks me up. Keep it coming boys!

    Posted by: JR | Nov 1, 2006 4:53:56 PM

  17. Sorry Lead, That you are only monobitter. The rest of us are at least bi-bitter if not fully multi-bitter. We can (and do) toss our "fooken anger" toward more than one target. Too bad your talents are so limited.

    Posted by: rudy | Nov 1, 2006 4:56:50 PM

  18. LOL you boys r funny.

    I just can't believe those two are in their 30's. Geezus, they look younger than I do.

    I feel so left out of the New York gay social circles! I didn't know anyone had affairs with Sondheim, let alone NPH. And Wentworth Miller macks on guys?

    oh and Chris Meloni *drool*

    Posted by: Derrick | Nov 1, 2006 4:56:55 PM

  19. WOW! Couldn't imagine NPH actually authorizing this complete lie. I've been around him and his bf at many industry events.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 1, 2006 4:58:52 PM

  20. If you're a public figure your personal life is up for grabs. Otherwise, choose another career. The nature of being an actor is that of being a show off.

    Your private life is up for grabs when you choose to live such a public life.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 1, 2006 5:01:43 PM

  21. ULRICH..not sure on the fag factor of NPH but the show is seen on monday in the states and Wed up north of the border.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 1, 2006 5:02:33 PM

  22. Sounds to me like MP's explanation (post #2) is right or this publicist was completely caught off guard and freaked out. Either way, it's pretty funny. I mean, c'mon.

    And we all know Wentworth wasn't in that Mariah video because he wanted to mack on her (shudders.) He had is diva goggles on.

    Posted by: Marco | Nov 1, 2006 5:07:18 PM

  23. Mark,

    Are you sure about your comment? If a person makes a career choice that puts them in the public eye, how then does that relinquish any right to a private life? That sort of thinking is usually reserved for someone that has never had their privacy violated. So until you know what that's like, I don't think it's fair to say that an actor, ANY actor, should just grin and bear it.

    Posted by: JR | Nov 1, 2006 5:11:46 PM

  24. It's okay to not reply, not okay to lie.

    Posted by: Anon | Nov 1, 2006 5:17:47 PM

  25. LOL @ Marco. I second that shudder.

    Posted by: Derrick | Nov 1, 2006 5:24:42 PM

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