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'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor Defends Series Ending

'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor, who played Ted Mosby on the comedy for nine seasons is defending the controversial series finale.

Monday night's finale saw Ted finally meet and marry The Mother.

However, it also revealed the show had been about Ted telling his two children about his past relationships, so he could convince them that Cobie Smulders (photosCobie Smulders photos)' Robin had been his true love all along, under the ruse of saying it's a story about he met their mother.

"I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out," Radnor tells 'Vulture'. "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."

The actor says the ending fit the "DNA of the show."

"There have always been people that thought that Barney and Robin were perfect together, there have always been people that thought it didn't make sense," he explains. And the same goes for Robin and Ted. "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 was where you belonged. I'm a fan of the finale and obviously I'm a fan of the show."

He believes fans just need some time to process the stories that we're told in packed episode.

"There's a jarring disconnect between fans who had five minutes to process that information and Ted's kids who had six years," he admits. "The kids were in a completely different emotional space than a lot of fans of the show."

"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."

'How I Met Your Mother' creator Craig Thomas also thanked fans on Twitter.

"Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes. Thank you all," he wrote. "We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens... but thanks!"

The finale was seen by just over 13 million viewers to make it the most-watched episode in the show's history.

April 2, 2014 |

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