‘How I Met Your Mother’ season 8 spoilers: Is Jason Segel leaving?

Could we have “How I Met Your Mother” without Marshall Ericksen? There are a number of rumors floating around out there that the hit CBS comedy could be without Jason Segel if the show is brought back for a ninth and likely final season next year … but for the time being, it’s important to remember that these are, in fact, just that — rumors. As a matter of fact, we’re still feeling pretty good that Segel will still be a part of the cast when we find out who is the mother during the inevitable series finale.

The firestorm began earlier this week when an Austrian newspaper Kurier.at quoted Segel has saying the following:

“It’s great to do some ‘rated R’ stuff again, because I’ve been playing the nice guy for quite a long time now. That’s why I’m gonna quit How I Met Your Mother after the eighth season.”

As a response to this story, a rep for the actor thankfully had the following to say to E! News:

“Perhaps something got lost in translation, but season nine hasn’t even been addressed yet.”

So what’s really the truth here? Really, it’s hard to see “How I Met Your Mother” moving forward without Marshall in some capacity — the character has been an integral part of the show since 2005, and you need him there for Lily to also be present. E! has reported that Segel and Alyson Hannigan are the two actors most hesitant about signing a new deal for season 9, as they are each interested in moving on to other things. Hannigan has a young family that she’d surely like to spend more time with, and Segel has a blossoming film career thanks to “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

Really, the worst-case scenario we see happening here is that if the show is renewed for a ninth season and Jason and Alyson want to have time to do some other things, their roles will probably be downsized. Therefore, we will still see them, but maybe not in every single episode.

Do you think that Segel and Hannigan should stay put until season 9, and even if they aren’t there can “How I Met Your Mother” go on without them? We want to hear some of your thoughts below! To check out some scoop about a returning guest star for the upcoming eighth season, be sure to hit up the link here.

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