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Neil Patrick Harris gave new meaning to the phrase "daytime drama," as the How I Met Your Mother star had some choice words for The Young and the Restless' Eric Braeden, after the soap actor backed out of a guest stint on Harris' CBS sitcom.
"Eric Braeden is a D-Bag," snipped Harris, 37, on Twitter Friday. "The actor, (Robin's dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn't 'substantial' enough."
Braden, 69, who has played Y&R's infamous Victor Newman since 1980, fired back at Harris, to Entertainment Weekly, "His choice of words bothered me. It seems to me like a young whippersnapper, having seen himself on a few covers, who’s received a few awards, is now suddenly suffering from the first signs of hubris. I’ve been in the business for 50 years. I’ve seen people come and go and I’m still here."
The soap star says he bailed on the show after learning (the day before the taping) about the size of his part, which he considered unreasonable. Braeden said he "truly enjoyed" his first appearance on the sitcom in 2008. But he explained he's "exhausted" from recent hip surgery, and he "was not about appear on a show for two lines."
After hearing Braeden's side of the story, Harris apparently regretted his choice of words and backtracked.
"Now I feel bad for the D-bag comment," he posted, three hours after the initial dig. "Don’t know the guy personally. I’m just fiercely protective of our show." Harris also said via Twitter that the role was re-cast with Ray Wise, "a fantastic actor who makes any part 'substantial.' Super excited to welcome him to the family."
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