Neil Patrick Harris vs. Jon Cryer: The Emmy rivalry rages on

npg-jon-cryer.jpgLast year, critics applauded Neil Patrick Harris as host of the Emmy Awards, but when it came time for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy to be announced, Harris had to cede the spotlight to "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer.

"Congratulations Tony [Shalhoub], and congratulations Jon Cryer," Harris said when he returned to the stage. "Can we find out where he is? Oh, he's in the press room, of course. That's where you go when you win."

Harris, from the stage, asked Cryer, "It's Neil, up here on the show. How did it feel when they called your name?"

"It felt awesome," Cryer replied. "The words going through my head were something like, 'In your face, Neil Patrick Harris.'"

"Shame on you. Follow up question, do you have the envelope with you? Can you just confirm that it says Jon Cryer?"

This year, Cryer got a head start on the banter. Instead of the usual Emmy reaction blurb, he released the following statement to E!.

An open letter to Neil Patrick Harris:

Hello Neil Patrick Harris,

It's me, Jon Cryer, your worst nightmare.

Yes, that's right Neil Patrick Harris, the Television Academy has, once again, seen fit to nominate us both in their 'Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' category. Once again we will be joined in a battle of thespianism.

Will it be like last year, when you wowed the crowd with your singing and dancing, entertained them and made them laugh, showed them that, clearly, you possess more talent in your tiny little pinky than the whole body of that stupid Jon Cryer guy, only to be brutally disappointed when our category was announced? We'll see, Neil Patrick Harris, we'll see.

My lack of talent has taken me this far and I'm betting it won't let me down again this year. Thankfully, the other gentlemen in this category are also supremely gifted.

I'm a shoo-in!


Harris hasn't responded yet, but we doubt he'll be quiet for long. Upon hearing of his nomination, he said, "They announce the nominations so early in the morning, that this year I just stayed up all night and had an Emmy rave. So I must say, I'm deeply honored to be nominated, and also, my hair feels so amazing!"



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