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Neil Patrick Harris Chose Money Over His How I Met Your Mother Co-Stars During Negotiations! And He Walked Away With Bank Thanks To It!

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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!

NPH spilled:

“…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!

Howard exclaimed:

"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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9 comments to “Neil Patrick Harris Chose Money Over His How I Met Your Mother Co-Stars During Negotiations! And He Walked Away With Bank Thanks To It!”

  1. nfff says – reply to this


    That was half way through the run of the show. The final contract talks he went in as part of the group. It is his business and he can do what ever he wants.

  2. Me says – reply to this


    He was the only reason to watch that god aweful show. He wasn't enough.

  3. Kristy says – reply to this


    Yep, I'd say that was an asshole thing to do. I really admired the fact that the Friends cast banded together for their $1,000,000 deal. I don't care if NPH was the "Fonzie" of the group, he should've remained loyal to his friends. Doogie can suck it.

  4. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Only watched the show once (in Mexico of all places) but he can do what he wants. Good for him if he got more money.

  5. Kerry Louise says – reply to this


    I would never let my Family watch anything that this immoral Man is involved with. I hope he gets saved by the L ord

  6. Meg says – reply to this


    He was by far one of the best parts. He definitely deserved more money as for many people he was the only reason to watch the show. It was a smart move and I don't think anyone's too upset over it. At the end of the day, they all had their own decisions to make and his was successful.
    While I did mostly watch for NPH. Jason Segel is amazing and I feel he also could have benefited if he had done the same thing.

  7. GAYISOKYAYHAYYYY says – reply to this


    Re: Kerry Louise – May God have mercy on your soul, dear. It's obvious you need it as well.

  8. Gapa says – reply to this


    Typical Barney!!!

  9. stephen says – reply to this


    I think their chemistry is what made the tv show works.