The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik has revealed a very awkward fall out with Neil Patrick Harris that ended their friendship.
The root of the clash? Mayim’s severe dislike of musicals.
Mayim and Neil were both rising child stars in the 1990s, with him starring in a touring production of Rent.
After upsetting John Oliver this week, Mayim appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday night and explained to the host why she didn’t like musicals, staring with: ‘I have a very bad story.’
‘I went to see Rent. I was friends with Neil Patrick Harris… this is a terrible story. I went to see Rent… I was a teenager and I did not… it wasn’t my thing,’ she began.
‘But when your friend is in the play… and then everyone is clapping at the end and you say to your boyfriend next to you, “I don’t want to stand for this,” and you look up and Neil Patrick Harris is looking right at you, it’s a bad day.’
Explaining they were teenagers at the time and Neil had just come off doing ‘Doogie Howser’, she continued: ‘Neil was fantastic, he’s amazing, but I just wasn’t into the “Let’s give a standing ovation,” it wasn’t my thing, but that’s not a thing you say out loud, because Neil was reading my lip.’
Backstage, Neil confronted the actress. ‘We were friends at the time… at the time,’ she teased. ‘And he said, I kid you not, “Why did you say you weren’t gonna stand up?”‘
Without an answer, Mayim said they ‘didn’t speak for a long time’.
‘He says that he forgave me and he sent flowers when he heard that I’m still carrying this… I mean, I feel terrible. It just wasn’t my thing.’
James, star of many a musical, seemed to be on Neil’s side, asking how someone couldn’t like them.
‘They’re ridiculous. People are talking and then they’re singing? It’s so weird,’ which Corden seemed to take offence to, hitting back by asking if The Big Bang Theory was, ‘really realistic.’
‘Here’s the thing. If you want to sing, just sing. Go in a car with James Corden, cut an album, that’s music. If you want to act and do a thing, you have a play. I don’t want them together. You just gotta keep it separated,’ she said.
After discovering Mayim spilling details of their fall out on live televison, Neil responded on Twitter, posting: ‘Mayim Bialik and I have been friends for over 30 years. Her aversion to musical theater isn’t going to change that…’
Credit: Original article published here.