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    Neil Patrick Harris Thinks There Needs To Be A Change Before He Appears On "How I Met Your Father"

    "I’m pretty sure Barney would…be in jail in 2022."

    Neil Patrick Harris isn't so sure about making an appearance on How I Met Your Father.

    A closeup of Neil

    Fans have been wondering if the actor, who played Barney Stinson in the original How I Met Your Mother series, would be reprising his role in the new Hulu spinoff.

    Barney stands in a bar

    In a conversation with HIMYF star Hilary Duff, Neil said Barney would've had to make some life changes before joining the cast.

    Hilary's character sits on the subway

    "As for coming on your show (insert joke here), I worry. Barney’s antics, his overt delusions of grandeur, would likely get everyone in trouble," Neil said in his Wondercade newsletter.

    Barney looks at a woman and holds out his arms

    He continued, "So, unless he’s changed his ways or joined a nunnery (insert joke here), not sure if it’s in anyone’s best interest."

    Barney sits next to a woman in a limo and smiles

    Hilary agreed with Neil's thoughts, noting that Barney would probably be viewed differently today.

    A closeup of Hilary

    "I’m not sure how you feel about this, but I’m pretty sure Barney would...be in jail in 2022," Hilary joked.

    Barney sits in a bar and holds out a checkbook to write in

    She added, "Since we’re living in the world of females coming into power, I’m assuming that’s why they made [Barney-esque character Valentina] a woman!"

    Hilarys' character and Valentina look glum while sitting on the curb

    So while Neil hasn't completely ruled out a guest appearance, it doesn't sound like it'll be happening anytime in the near future.