Let the rumors begin!
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.
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.