Jason Segel is set to quit How I Met Your Mother, according to a report.
The comedy actor is to bow out of the comedy series after he completes filming on its eighth series as his Hollywood career has taken off in recent years with diverse roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets and most recently The Five Year Engagement.
Speaking of his movie career, he told Austrian website Kurier.at: "It's great to do some 'rated R' stuff again, because I've been playing the nice guy for quite a long time now. That's why I'm gonna quit How I Met your Mother after the eighth season."
The show's bosses are reportedly leaning towards extending the show for a ninth season, and Segel’s departure could leave the show's future hanging in the balance as he plays one of the show's central characters, Marshall Eriksen, alongside Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders.
It is not the first time that Segel has indicated his intention to quit the hit show.
In an interview with GQ in 2010, Segel said that he had no plans to renew his contract after 2013 – the show’s eight season.
"I think after eight years, I'll feel like I honorably did my commitment. It's funny -- it's the greatest problem in the world to have. Jeez, I'm the luckiest guy in the world. But when your idol is Peter Sellers, playing one character for eight years isn't what you're trying to do," he told the magazine.
Segel - who is dating My Week With Marilyn actress Michelle Williams - has previously said he feels like the show is coming to a natural end, and has stopped drinking alcohol to better concentrate on his career.
He said: "I f***ing love to drink, but I'm not really capable of moderating. I haven't sworn off it forever. But then, I hope I don't drink again. I'm actually at a big life-turning point in general.
"I've hit my thirties, the TV show that I've been doing for eight years is coming to its natural end, I'm feeling much more like, 'Okay, now it's time for phase three.' It's time I think."