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How I Met Your Mother: Josh Radnor on finale backlash

Only 60% of viewers were disappointed, he says

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The bombshell-filled finale of How I Met Your Mother may have been one of the more divisive TV episodes in recent memory, but series star Josh Radnor insists it’s gotten a bad rap.

Speaking to HuffPost Live recently, Radnor defended the controversial ending that — spoiler warning — killed off the titular mom and sent hopeless romantic Ted (Radnor) back into the arms of old flame Robin (Cobie Smulders).

“A lot of [the reaction] was great,” Radnor said. “I think the narrative the media got ahold of was that everyone was outraged. I don’t think that was true.”

Radnor added that he often speaks at colleges and takes an informal poll of who liked the finale.

“Sometimes it’s 50/50,” he said. “It seems to be about 60/40 — 60 [percent] disappointed, 40 [percent who liked it]. So I think it’s been overstated, people’s disappointment with it.”

Setting aside the fact that 60 percent is a pretty significant slice of the audience to let down, Radnor said the finale was true to the show itself: “It always upended your expectations, it always made you cry, it always was not what you thought it was. So I think it was in keeping with the DNA for the show. And my suspicion is that it will age pretty well, so let’s talk in 10 years and see what people think.”

Mark your calendars, folks.

Watch Radnor on HuffPost Live above.

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