PaleyFest 2014: Neil Patrick Harris strips down for ‘How I Met Your Mother’ fans

Despite not being able to make it to the Dolby Theatre Saturday night for the Paley Festival’s farewell tribute to “How I Met Your Mother,” Neil Patrick Harris (who’s in New York doing a Broadway revival of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) still managed to grab most of the evening’s attention when he stripped down via Skype.

“Time to go be a rockstar!” Harris roared as he downed his vodka and ripped off his shirt to wild cheers from the audience.

Harris had just spent several minutes honoring and thanking all of the show’s fans, producers and actors in attendance — including Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti — and decided that a strip tease would be his way of signing off of his live Skype chat.

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Last year’s Emmys host also earned the prize of best line of the night when he told Smulders that he loved their scenes together over the years and couldn’t imagine marrying anybody else, then quickly added, “Any other girl, I mean.”

A few other notable highlights from the “How I Met Your Mother” farewell tribute:

*Moderator and frequent guest star Wayne Brady pretended to walk off the stage after the panelists continued to give long-winded answers to his questions.

*Co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas relished in the fact that they were able to stretch out the premise of the show for “nine f***ing years” and thanked the audience for their never-ending support.

*Is the mother actually dead? Bays and Thomas were tight-lipped but hinted that the show has given us countless crazy storylines in the past.

*Hannigan never truly fathomed the show’s immense fanbase until the show’s Comic-Con panel when devotees were actually camped out overnight.

*Smulders recalls her favorite moment from the show as the Robin Sparkles “Let’s Go the the Mall” music video. The audience shouted for her to sing part of the song, but she sadly declined.

*Radner admitted that at times the character of Ted was hard to play because he never got anything good out of life. That’s why the final season meant so much to him, as the nine years of Ted’s struggles finally paid off.

*When Milioti was cast as the role of the titular mother last year, she had no idea the import of her character until she went and binge-watched the first eight seasons.

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