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"How I Met Your Mother" Creators Apologize for Storyline Some Deemed Racist

Ron P. Jaffe/Fox(NEW YORK) -- The creators of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother are apologizing after Monday's episode featured characters in what some have described as "yellowface."

In the episode, Jason Segel's character, Marshall, traveled to China, where he came across a trio who resembled some of his pals from back home.  They were played by Segel's Caucasian co-stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan, who wore outfits and makeup in an attempt to resemble Asians.

This led to some viewers complaining on Twitter that the episode was racist.  They also used the hashtag "#HowIMetYourRacism."

Series co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas addressed the matter on Wednesday with a statement on Twitter posted on Bays' account.

The statement reads, "With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it."

The statement continues, "We try to make a show that's universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy. We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it. To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks."

How I Met Your Mother ends its nine-season run on March 31.

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