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Neil Patrick Harris defends ‘How I Met Your Mother’ series finale

Honoree Neil Patrick Harris attends The Drama League's 30th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Neil Patrick Harris at The Pierre Hotel on February 3, 2014 in New York City.
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Actor Neil Patrick Harris took some time off from his starring role in the Broadway show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to make an appearance on “The Late Show” Thursday night. In the interview with David Letterman, Harris voiced his opinion about the series finale of the CBS hit comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” According to Entertainment Weekly on April 24, Harris liked how the show ended despite fan outcry.

Anytime a show is on the air as long as “How I Met Your Mother”, there will be those who love the ending and those who don’t. Harris happened to love how things played out as Ted (Josh Radnor) got back together with Robin (Cobie Smulders) after the death of the person revealed as the mother (Cristin Milioti). He told Letterman that the ending was set in place long before the series came to an end.

“It wasn’t necessarily the happy ending that people were expecting. But Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas], who were once writers on your show and the executive producers and creators, knew the ending years ago and had played towards that. And I was a big proponent of it and a big fan of it.”

Like many other popular TV series finales, the hour-long episode of “How I Met Your Mother” had mixed reactions and most of those reactions where on the positive side as viewers felt they were gipped. One reaction even questioned whether the ending was an “April Fool’s Joke.” But those kind of emotional reactions just mean fans will miss their favorite characters and like a breakup of a long-term relationship, eventually acceptance happens. Harris defended the ending by referencing that things don’t always work out the way they are meant to be.

In fact, the character Harris has become known for, Barney Stinson, didn’t experience the type of growth fans may have wished. He ended the series still single but also the father of a baby girl, who was the result of a one-night stand. Again Harris was find with that ending because as he puts it, sometimes, people’s growth doesn’t really mean they grow up.” In relation to Barney not having the happy ending with Robin fans wished for, Harris concluded it just wasn’t in the cards for a person like Barney.

“There are certain people who you want them to get into a solid relationship and really settle down and learn from things. And you want Barney to be the guy you can bring your mom home to – but Barney’s the guy who wants to bang your mom.”