Neil Patrick Harris: ‘A Kiss from Burt Reynolds Made Me Gay’

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It’s not like a kiss from a 70s sex symbol is as contagious as Ebola, but if you ask the new host of the Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris knew he was gay following a kiss from Burt Reynolds.

Somewhere Dom DeLuise is shouting at Sally Field (they’re both of Smokey and the Bandit fame for all you young’uns out there) saying, “Girl, I know the feeling.”

Read more about Doogie’s revelation after the jump.

Thanks to a story broken by the U.K.’s Daily Mail (S/O to a PRNewser for the H/T) we learned something new about the boy child turned actor turned darling of the “Red Carpet.”

For those not in the know, Neil Patrick Harris was a child star in the TV show Doogie Howser M.D. who managed to reinvent himself in How I Met Your Mother (flop finale aside).

Discussing his life in his brand new memoir, Choose Your Own Autobiography, Harris, who is now a married father-of-two with David Burtka, describes the journey of acceptance for both him and his loved ones. In the book, he discusses the moment he knew he was gay following a kiss from cousin to Winnie the Pooh, Burt Reynolds.

Here’s the trailer:

While acting beside Burt Reynolds in late 1980s detective drama B.L. Stryker, NPH had a revelation. In his book he writes: “As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth.”

“The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds’ kiss makes you gay.”

When Harris came out in 2006, he broke many hearts. Now, he’s married to a dude even straight men would crush on, he has two beautiful kids, he’s never encountered a PR issue, he’s close to winning an EGOT (only 12 people have done that), and everyone hearts him.

Moral of the story? Time for a Burt Reynolds marathon on Netflix!