Neil Patrick Harris has admitted that he wants How I Met Your Mother to end after the current series.

The sitcom returns this month for its eighth season and Harris, who plays Barney Stinson on the show, explained that he and the rest of the cast are ready for the show to end.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Harris, who stars alongside Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigan, said: "Our contracts end at [Season] eight, so it's one of those, you know, if they wanna do nine, they're welcome to, but we have a lot of other things [going on].

"Cobie has got The Avengers that just made a billion dollars, Jason makes a ton of movies, I'm anxious to move east and Josh is directing and acting in movies as well. So, we all are anxious to move forward."

Harris added that the only way the cast will consider a further series is if there is an attractive pay check involved: "I think the only way I think a season nine or any longer would happen would be [if it were] financially right - that's the reality of it. We love the show, we love doing it - eight years is a long time and we're as happy a family as we've ever been."