Soap Opera Vet Eric Braeden Fires Back At Neil Patrick Harris Over 'D-Bag' Comment
It’s fair to say Neil Patrick Harris and Eric Braeden won’t be exchanging gifts this holiday season. The How I Met Your Mother star blasted the Young and the Restless veteran on Twitter today for allegedly failing to honor a commitment to appear on the CBS sitcom.
“Eric Braeden is a D-Bag,” Harris tweeted. “He agreed to a cameo as Robin’s dad, then last night he bailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough.” In a follow-up tweet, Harris announced that the role had been recast with Twin Peaks and Reaper alum Ray Wise, “a fantastic actor who makes any part ‘substantial’. Super excited to welcome him to the family!”
In a statement to Deadline.com, the 69-year-old Braeden said, “I have been in this business for 50 years, have seen so many actors come and go — most of them never to be seen or heard from again. I suggest whoever this young fellow is that he enjoy his success and count his blessings and save his money. My first time on [HIMYM] I enjoyed working with the writers, directors, and crew enormously. However, I did not have the pleasure of meeting most of the cast, including this fellow who put his foot in his mouth by saying what he did. It’s Christmastime and I forgive him for his transgression.”
Braeden, who first appeared as Robin’s alpha male dad in November 2008, says he pulled out of the HIMYM encore partly due to exhaustion. “I have been doing 40 and 50 pages a day [at Y&R]. I was [also] not aware of what [HIMYM] wanted me to do until the day before.”
Harris, meanwhile, seems to be regretting his choice of words. Three hours after his initial tirade, he returned to Twitter to say, “Now I feel bad for the D-bag comment. Don’t know the guy personally. I’m just fiercely protective of our show.”
At the time of his first HIMYM appearance, Braeden said in an interview with TVGuide.com that he enjoyed the experience “tremendously,” calling the cast one of “the most wonderful groups of people I have ever met. It was the warmest set I’ve been on since Mary Tyler Moore.”
A version of this story originally appeared on Deadline.com.