In a rare instance of drama for the happy-go-lucky series, “How I Met Your Mother” apparently had to do some last minute recasting when “The Young and the Restless” star Eric Braeden backed out of his upcoming cameo as Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) dad.

Braden, who previously played Robin Scherbatsky Sr. in a 2008 episode, apparently wasn’t pleased with the material for his second go around — at least according to some inflammatory tweets from “HIMYM” star Neil Patrick Harris.

“Eric Braeden is a D-Bag,” writes Harris on Dec. 17. “The actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough.”

Ouch. Fortunately for the show, similar looking and infinitely more familiar actor Ray Wise (“Reaper”) has stepped up to the plate.

“We’ve recast with Ray Wise, a fantastic actor who makes any part ‘substantial’,” Harris also tweets. “Super excited to welcome him to the family!”

A regrettable turn, yes. But knowing “HIMYM’s” penchant for meta-marketing, we’ll all probably be unwrapping “Eric Braeden is a D-Bag” t-shirts on Christmas morning.

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell