February 24, 2015 04:44 PM

There was one burning question on everyone’s minds during Sunday’s Oscars. And no, it wasn’t “How awesome is Patricia Arquette?” or “Seriously, why is John Travolta acting like that?” or even “Where’s Jennifer Lawrence?” It was: “Is this view of Neil Patrick Harris’s underpants accurate?”

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Harris stripped to his skivvies for a segment that paid homage to Whiplash and Birdman (which famously had a locked-out-in-one’s-underwear sequence). And while the initial reaction was all about the abs, the follow-ups raised some questions about how much in his undies was part of the original package and how much was, shall we say, supplemented.

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According to the show’s host, you were looking at the real deal — with some modifications for modesty. On the post-show episode of Live with Kelly and Michael, Harris explained to dubious host Michael Strahan that there was no funky junk in his drawers, but he was wearing two pairs to keep everything G-rated.

“No enhancements!” he said. “I’ll tell you what happened: We thought it would be a fun thing to do and it seemed appropriate at the time. We did the dress rehearsal and I just had the pair of regular underwear on. But with the lights, they see through things, and so the Academy or the network or someone said that we had to do something so that you couldn’t tell my religion. So what they did was, they had to take a second pair of underwear and sew it to the first to make it so you couldn’t see through it. But, um, no sock!”

Well, now that that’s cleared up, you can continue with your day. Any strong thoughts or emotions? Share ’em below!

–Alex Apatoff

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