When contract negotiation time comes around on a hit show, sitcom stars often stand together and strike a new deal as a cast, rather than individually.
Like in 2002, when the six stars of Friends famously asked for $1 MILLION an episode each and got what they wanted because of their strength in numbers!
But when the cast of How I Met Your Mother tried to do the same thing, there was one holdout who didn’t have the whole “all for one, one for all” attitude!
Neil Patrick Harris!
He admitted to Howard Stern this morning that when it came time to cut a new contract deal with CBS, he ditched the rest of the gang and ended up getting MORE money!
“…It’s season 4 to 5 and it’s time to like, see, now we’re in syndication so everyone starts asking for more money and everyone gathers together internally and decides, ‘do we want to go individually and make our own deals or do we want to go in unified as a cast and all go together?’ I just felt like, it seemed like, we all had individual careers that we had nurtured up until that point. And so when you end up with an agent and a manager and an attorney that you have relationships with and they’re hardcore fighting for you, fighting for you financially and for your future, that to have solidarity with someone who has done less or … you’re fighting for yourself and your take within it. So it wasn’t like I was trying to take someone else’s money, I just wanted my team to fight as hard as they could for me for my next season’s work."
And they did!
Neil ended up getting $250,000 per episode! More than any other cast member at that time!
Eventually, all of the stars of HIMYM were making $250K a week, but it was Barney who got himself his legend…wait for it…DARY deal first!
"So the assh*le was you!”
NPH certainly isn’t an assh*le but his assh*le-ish character was a HUGE reason why the show became such a success! We can see why Mr. Harris would go solo into the negotiation room!
But we’re also a bit surprised that he would abandon his TV buds like that! What a SLAP in the face!
We wonder what would have been the payout if Ted, Robin, Lily, Marshall, and Barney actually did band together to try to get a group deal?
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