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How I Met Your Mother's Josh Rador Reveals The Title Of The Show Was Meant To Fool Fans! But WHY?!

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We KNOW fans are still recovering from the explosive ending to How I Met Your Mother's nine seasons…

And while most feel like the finale was salt in the wound torturous, Ted Mosby (aka Josh Radnor) is ready to speak out about the final episode - and how the title was a fan fake-out the entire series!

BOOM, roasted!

The 39-year-old actor explained:

"I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out. It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about, these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother."

As we all know, Ted ends up with his ex-girlfriend Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) - which sent fans into an outrage because they had been lied to for so many years!

But even with their brash reactions, Josh loved where the ending of the series left his character:

"I think if you're going to do something new and bold and daring, you're going to upset some people and you're going to thrill others. I think it's better to do that than try to have some homogenized, safe ending that was never really what the show was. The show was always bold and daring and questioning assumptions and leading you where you thought you didn't want to go, but realized at the end that that was where you belonged. I'm a fan of the finale and obviously I'm a fan of the show."

He also stresses that his on-screen kids were so understanding of the end, because they had 6 years to process the info.

Josh believes when the dust settles, people will be much more accepting of the sign off:

"I think people are having to deal with grief on a number of levels. There's grief in the episode, but then there's grief at letting the show go. People are in various Kubler-Ross stages of grieving, and when they contextualize it and step back and maybe even watch the finale again or revisit the show, I think when the dust settles, people will feel pretty complete."

It's so hard though!!

Fans were super attached to the characters, so we know it will take them significant time to move on.

P.S. CLICK HERE to get the full finale recap!

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14 comments to “How I Met Your Mother's Josh Rador Reveals The Title Of The Show Was Meant To Fool Fans! But WHY?!”

  1. croat says – reply to this


    you asshole. I haven't seen it yet. Thanks for the huge spoiler on the gif file. frig.

  2. Bianca says – reply to this


    I'm on of the few people who enjoyed the finale. I'm so glad Robin ended up with Ted. Ted is the most loyal, honest, romanitc man. Barney is….hilarious and good looking and a blast to be around! But it's hard for me to take him seriously as a husband bc of all his lying in the past. Especially the way he proposed to Robin, it was all based all manipulation and lies. Yes, he vowed to never lie to her again, but that just didn't do it for me. I didn't believe him. above all else, honestly is the most important thing, and if a person is dishonest, they are not worth marrying.

  3. B says – reply to this


    Since Barney and Ted are so cool with passing Robin around, I think it would've been cool if they had one episode where they had a threesome.

  4. 4

    I thought it was a horrible finale. A takedown of why -

  5. 5

    I loved the ending. It was real and it still gave some of us what we wanted….for Ted and Robin to wind up together. :)

  6. nfff says – reply to this


    Re: croat – It is all over the internet about what happen.

  7. Cigna says – reply to this


    It wasn't bold or different??? It was the oldest trick in the TV sitcom book!!! It took Perez fucking Hilton about a day to create an album of 17 other shows that did essentially the same thing, the ole bait and switch. 9 years of bait for a 5 minute sloppy switch at the end. And that garbage scene of letting robin go on the beach was for nothing?!? F*** this show and f*** its writers,HIMYM is dead to me.

  8. Sam says – reply to this


    Well at least he didn't try to say it was realistic.. People claim it's realistic because death happens in real life.. But death happens in "the Hobbit" too doesn't make dragons, wizards and hobbits anymore real…..

  9. Sam says – reply to this


    How is it realistic to end up with an ex that broke up with you that many times over all those years AND for your best friend… It didn't work for a reason!! And realistically Robin, there are other men out there other than Barney and Ted. Seriously people "realistic" is a lame excuse… And who would "bait" their kids with a story of their dead mother just to spend "nine years" talking about another woman instead?!? THAT is what was wrong with the ending, not the mother dieing…

  10. Ly says – reply to this


    The ending was just aful !

  11. 11

    The finale was neither bold OR daring. The "kids" just said they filmed their ending NINE years ago, not 6. I hated the finale and was really annoyed I bothered to watch this entire last season when I barely paid attention to the last 2 years of the show. The ending was a cop-out NOT bold or daring.

  12. SuckItTrebek says – reply to this


    Re: croat – Hey Dumbass, he wrote SPOILER ALERT, also if you didn't watch why the fuck would you click to read the rest. I loved the ending. People get divorced, people get sick. This is life and the show has always showed grief in a really great way. The way I see it the shows fundation was ALWAYS about timing. Ted got the romance and kids and I would go as far to say fantasy while Robin got to do all the traveling she wanted to do and have the big career she craved. Now they both are in their lives where his kids are older and she's settled down and now they are both ready to have that relationship they both wanted but at different points in the series. AGAIN IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT TIMING!

  13. 13

    No, Josh Radnor, when the dust settles, it won't change a thing about how most people feel about the ending. It blew…it was the worst ending the writers could have come up with and time will never change that.

  14. 14

    HIMYM is dead to me.