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January 16, 2014

'How I Met Your Mother' bosses apologise over alleged racism

The show's characters were accused of using 'yellowface'

'How I Met Your Mother' bosses apologise over alleged racism

How I Met Your Mother bosses have apologised over allegations of racism in the show.

The hit US comedy - which is currently on its ninth and final series - came under fire for the episode which aired earlier this week Stateside. Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra saw the cast decamping to China, where regular show stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan played kung-fu film stars, using 'yellowface' to do so.

The episode was slammed by viewers, who started using the hashtag "#HowIMetYourRacism" on Twitter, reports BBC Newsbeat. Meanwhile, the 18 Million Rising organisation wrote: "The thing... about this: a whole lot of people had to not just say 'okay', but agree this was a good idea."

Show writer Carter Bays then tweeted an apology, writing: "With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we've always loved. But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we're grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it."

Bays went on to say: "We try to make a show that's universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy. We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it. To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks."

The show will finish its run later this year.

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