There have been rumors circulating around saying that How I Met Your Mother will last for two more seasons and conclude at the end of Season 9. Unfortunately, according to series star Neil Patrick Harris, this is not the case.
According to TODAY, Harris is saying that the upcoming season 8, which premiers on Monday, will be the last season for the CBS comedy.
“Our contracts end at [season] 8, so it’s one of those, you know, if they wanna do 9, they’re welcome to, but we have a lot of other things [going on],” Harris told AccessHollywood.com‘s Laura Saltman at the CBS Fall Preview Party in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “Cobie [Smulders] has got ‘The Avengers’ that just made a billion dollars, Jason [Segel] makes a ton of movies, I’m anxious to move East and Josh [Radnor] is directing and acting in movies as well. So, we all are anxious to move forward.”
Harris goes on to say that it would have to be incredibly lucrative for any of the beloved cast to agree on a season 9.
“I think the only way I think a season 9 or any longer would happen would be (if it were) financially right — that’s the reality of it,” he said. “We love the show, we love doing it – eight years is a long time and we’re as happy a family as we’ve ever been.”
Harris’ character Barney appears set to marry Cobie’s Robin in this season of How I Met Your Mother. Harris also admits that he has a real life crush on his co-star, who married Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam earlier this month.
“I’m head over heels in love with Cobie Smulders. She just got married – much to my chagrin. But she married a delightful gentleman,” he said with a laugh. “But I love working with her. She’s like, the coolest chick in the world and she’s so sexy and she’s so talented and so funny.”