Monday, April 14, 2008

Neil Patrick Harris “Clarifying” His Britney Comments

It seems like someone at CBS didn’t appreciate Harris’ comments last week, because he is already talking to the media again and backpedaling on his comments about Britney and the show’s decision to bring in well known guest stars. According to a statement Neil Patrick Harris gave to in response to the AP article, Harris believes that the writer “took some quotes of mine and speculated an opinion about their intent.” (link) Harris went on to state that “Britney did a great job on the show. She really did. In fact, we are all hoping she returns rather soon to reprise her role as Abby.” (link) Really? Everyone is hoping she returns? There’s not a chance in hell I believe that statement rings true with everyone at How I Met Your Mother. What I do believe is that a Spears return is already in the works and Harris had to do a quick reversal before the issue escalated with the Spears camp.

How I Met Your Mother - Sarah Chalke as Stella and Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Harris went on to say, “look, that episode garnered our highest ratings of the season — I would never ignore or disrespect that fact. I am just very protective of our show, and its content. I have a high standard of quality, and hope to maintain it on every level. Television is big business, I understand that. I have great faith in our casting department, as well as [Twentieth Century Fox Television] and CBS, to find the appropriate person for every role on our show. I was remiss in speculating otherwise.” (link) If that doesn’t reek of meddling by CBS and the Exec-Producers of HIMYM, then I don’t know what does. The actor ended his statement by saying, “my job description is to act, and I should really do just that.” (link) Sounds like someone got a pretty big scolding for talking to the media, what do you think?

How I Met Your Mother - Special Guest Stars Britney Spears and Sarah Chalke
In Harris’ defense, the AP has gone back and issued a clarification to their original story by stating that “Harris did not say that he opposed a return engagement for Spears” on How I Met Your Mother and that the writer wrongly claimed that Harris did. (link) Sounds like a lot of semantics from both sides, with everyone trying to cover their position and previous comments. Here’s hoping for only good things in How I Met Your Mother’s future and many more seasons on CBS.
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