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Jennifer Love Hewitt Was To Originally Star In 'How I Met Your Mother'

Now that 'How I Met Your Mother' is in its final season, co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays are dishing some behind the scene secrets for the comedy.

The duo have revealed that Jennifer Love Hewitt (photosJennifer Love Hewitt photos) was originally supposed to play Robin -- the character played by Cobie Smulder's -- and Scott Foley had been offered Josh Radnor's role of Ted Mosby.

"Jennifer Love Hewitt did The Ghost Whisperer instead of How I Met Your Mother!," says Thomas.

'Ghost Whisperer' was cancelled after five seasons while 'Mother' is now in its ninth and final season.

The two also talked about how Britney Spears (photosBritney Spears photos)' role as Abby came about. The stunt guest-casting helped solidify ratings for the CBS comedy that had been on the verge of cancellation nearly every season.

"We got a call a few weeks after the writers' strike ended saying that Britney Spears wanted to be on our show," explains Bays. "And she specifically wanted to be in the episode 'Ten Sessions', which sent a chill down our spines, because that's the one where we meet Stella."

"I immediately imagined Britney playing Stella and had a minor panic attack, because it's such a big role and needed an proven, experienced actress like Sarah Chalke."

"But to her credit, Britney liked the character of Abby, and wanted to play that part. So we said sure! And by golly she put our show on the map. It can't be overstated. Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the bubble again. Thanks Britney!"

The co-creators also confirmed that they will be using the final scene that was filmed eight years ago.

"We shot part of it back in 2006, before Ted's kids got much older. We just looked at that footage, which will factor into the end of the series -- it totally worked and was kind of haunting to watch."

"Shot 8 years ago and it will now help end our series on March 31st, 2014. We've been slowly crafting the last 10 minutes of the show probably since it started, but the actual writing of it hasn't happened until just recently."

February 4, 2014 |

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