“The Young and Restless” star Eric Braeden is less than pleased with Neil Patrick Harris’ tweet heard around the Internet on Dec. 17. You know the one, where NPH called Braeden out for bailing on his “How I Met Your Mother” cameo, saying “Eric Braeden is a D-Bag. The actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to do a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough.”
Braeden spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the messy debacle and really did himself no favors. “I really don’t know who that fellow is. He’s a guy who stars in that series,” he says. Um, a series you guest-starred on in 2008. Even though you had no scenes with him, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of NPH, dude. Come on.
Braeden says Harris’ “choice of words” bothered him and then said, “It seems to me like a young whippersnapper, having seen himself on a few covers, who’s receiving a few awards, is now suddenly suffering from the first signs of hubris.” Oh, no he didn’t. Oh yes, he did… and then some. “If he is a worthy adversary, he’d better not cross my path.”
Hopefully, it won’t come to fisticuffs if they ever do cross paths because Braeden just came back from hip surgery, which is one of the reasons he gives for not appearing on “HIMYM.” “It’s very unfortunate. First of all, I came back from hip surgery. I was off for three weeks,” he explains. “I’ve doubled my work, 30-50 pages a day for me, alone. Everyone knows that I’m exhausted.”
And what about the role not being “substantial” enough for him? “I was not about to appear on a show for two lines, because that’s what it amounted to.”
At the very least, Braeden says he enjoyed his first, and obviously last, appearance on the show. “I truly enjoyed working there last time. The cast and crew and producers couldn’t have been nicer.”
Harris probably didn’t realize quite the stir his tweet would cause because three hours after posting the “D-Bag” comment, he tweeted, “Now I feel bad for the D-bag comment. Don’t know the guy personally. I’m just fiercely protective of our show.”