How Neil Patrick Harris Finally Responded To That Gilmore Girls Shout Out

NPH and Paris side by side

There are few celebs with quite as much staying power as Neil Patrick Harris. Starting as a child actor on Doogie Howser, Harris has had a long and fascinating career, resulting in both Emmy and Tony Award wins. As such, NPH has remained at the center of pop culture, and is often referenced thanks to his work on How I Met Your Mother and his various film roles. When Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was released, it featured a scene where Paris Gellar (Liza Weil) revealed that her surrogacy business was apparently responsible for Harris' twins with husband David Burtka. Now NPH has finally responded to this bit, and he didn't disappoint.

I love that. Well, [Paris] did a good job. I'm a fan of our kids.

It looks like Neil Patrick Harris is all too happy to be included in the Gilmore Girls canon, is even thankful to Paris Gellar for helping them procure such awesome kids. That, ladies and gents, is what I call a good sport.

Neil Patrick Harris' comment, which comes to us from TV Line, is sure to delight the generations of Gilmore Girls fans out there. Amy Sherman-Palladino's dramedy is known for having tons of pop culture references, as Lorelai, Rory, and the supporting characters talk a mile a minute. Nobody is safe from being referenced and/or mocked by the denizens of Stars Hollow, although not everyone is quite as gracious as Harris.

The reference occurs in the episode "Winter", the first installment of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Lorelai and Luke (at that point still unmarried) were thinking about having a child together, but were worried about the complications of the protagonists' age. They end up going to a fertility and surrogacy office, which happens to be run by Rory's old buddy Paris Gellar. Paris is determined to help Lorelai, who had always been kind to her as a young woman.

Paris is originally unable to name NPH and David Burtka due to a contract, with her instead telling Lorelai and Luke that its for Doogie Howser. Luke obviously puts this together, and the trio of characters drop Neil Patrick Harris' name about 8 times in 10 seconds. Typical Gilmore Girls quirkiness. Now the question is whether we can get NPH in future episodes if A Year in the Life ends up coming back.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Gilmore Girls will be back anytime soon, as Amy Sherman-Palladino is currently contracted to produce content for Amazon. The Marvelous Ms. Maisel is already a hit, so she'll probably be a bit busy for the time being.

You can catch the original Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life over on Netflix. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure that you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.