'How I Met Your Mother' co-creator addresses fan criticism over series finale

Josh Radnor as Ted, and Cristin Milioti as Josh Radnor as Ted, and Cristin Milioti as Tracy in the finale of "How I Met Your Mother." Photo Credit: AP / Ron P. Jaffe

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"How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Craig Thomas Tuesday deflected criticism of its series finale that outraged many fans.

"Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes. Thank you all," Thomas tweeted after the hourlong finale Monday of the nine-year CBS comedy. "The fact that we have been a TV sitcom that has received this much passion from fans, for 9 years (not just tonight) -- thank you. We wrote a comedy with dramatic elements till the very end . . . a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens . . . Seriously -- no matter what you thought of tonight . . . you were with us. We love you."

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Co-creator Carter Bays did not publicly respond to the outpouring of comments on social media, many of which were highly critical of how the show concluded.

The finale showed Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) in the year 2030 finishing his long story to his teenage children, Penny and Luke, about meeting their mother, Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti).

Mom dies in 2024, and now Ted's kids are giving him permission to date their "Aunt Robin" (Cobie Smulders), who had married Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) but divorced him after three years.

Ted's children emphatically give their blessing, and Ted and Robin reconnect.

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The finale was a ratings hit, attracting 12.9 million viewers, the series' most-watched episode.

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