Let the rumors begin!
Just days after CBS boss Nina Tassler expressed hopes that How I Met Your Mother would return for a ninth season, Jason Segel was reported as saying the upcoming eighth season would be his last.
An Austrian website quoted Segel, who plays Marshall Eriksen on the comedy, as saying he enjoys getting to do R-rated stuff again "because I've been playing the nice guy for quite a long time now. That's why I'm gonna quit How I Met Your Mother after the eighth season."
"Perhaps something got lost in translation, but Season 9 hasn't even been addressed yet," a rep for Segel said in a statement obtained by TVGuide.com.
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On Sunday, Tassler confirmed reports that CBS is in negotiations to bring the comedy back for a ninth season. "We're in early conversations, and we're pretty optimistic," she said. She added that co-creators/co-executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have a "very strategic wrap-up" to Mother, which is entering its eighth season this year, and they know that CBS wants the show to return. "[But] we're not there yet."
Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on CBS. The How I Met Your Mother soundtrack, featuring original songs from the show, will be released on iTunes on the same day.