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Conan O'Brien may appear as a very distracting extra on How I Met Your Mother

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As revealed during Neil Patrick Harris’ appearance on Conan last night, Conan O’Brien could be seen in an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother—though unlike past cameos from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, O’Brien is hoping to keep his appearance (relatively) low profile. O’Brien won the walk-on role in a recent charity event, and as he relays in the below interview with Harris, the producers offered to write him in as an actual character, perhaps as the landmark 100th girl who is not the mother, already. “But I think it's much funnier if I'm just in the bar, in the background,” O’Brien says, openly acknowledging that any scene that features his towering, mugging presence in the background would immediately screech to a halt. The story begins around the 4:45 mark, after some stuff from Harris about his kids. (You can also stop it before he starts talking about The Smurfs.) [via EW]