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The co-creator of "How I Met Your Mother" defended the hit show's controversial finale Monday night, thanking fans despite their split reactions, People reports.

In a series of tweets, Craig Thomas responded to viewers' anger over main character Ted (Josh Radnor) finally meeting the titular mother ... only for her to die, leaving him to move on to former flame Robin (Cobie Smulders). Some of the episode's scenes were filmed nine years ago, Lyndsy Fonseca, who played Ted's daughter, previously told People.

But Thomas stood by the show's final plot twist.

"Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes ... thank you all ... #HIMYM," he posted, later adding, "We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens ... but THANKS!"

Check out more tweets about the end of the show from co-creator Carter Bays and stars Radnor, Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan below.

Josh Radnor @JoshRadnor: "For the last 9 years I worked for and with two of the kindest, smartest, hilarious-est guys, @CarterBays & @HimymCraig & I love them both."

Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH: "To all who helped create #HIMYM, well played. To all who enjoyed watching it, I respectfully request the highest of fives. #thanks"

Carter Bays @CarterBays: "Thank you to #HIMYM fans everywhere for the amazing loyalty and team spirit. You guys are the absolute bestest. Highest of fives to you all."

Forget simply pressing delete. Embattled late night host Stephen Colbert went to much more dramatic measures to blow up the Twitter account that sparked last week's #CancelColbert social media movement, People reports.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone appeared on "The Colbert Report" Monday night and channeled Wile E. Coyote as he helped destroy the @ColbertReport Twitter handle for the Comedy Central host.

The offending tweet was intended to reference a joke Colbert made on the show Wednesday evening, which poked fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for creating a foundation supporting Native Americans only after receiving criticism for the team name. Colbert then joked that he was creating an organization for Asian Americans with a title mimicking the one the Redskins created.

However, Thursday's tweet, which Colbert said he did not write or sanction, did not mention the original joke or provide a video link, prompting many to believe Colbert had simply tweeted a racist joke.

"Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings," he quipped on his show Monday, pointing out that his tweets come from @StephenatHome.

Yet the host seemed to offer a sincere mea culpa in between his humorous defense.

"I never want this to happen again," he said.

Was Sean Avery's "Dancing With the Stars" elimination a question of votes -- or vengeance?

After last week's shocking double elimination, which sent the former hockey pro and partner Karina Smirnoff packing, Avery says it was a disagreement with producer Conrad Green -- not his dance technique -- that caused his early exit, People reports.

"I will tell everyone on #GMA tomorrow why i was voted off ... my partner @Karina_Smirnoff is AMAZING," he tweeted March 24, after the duo was eliminated.

The following morning Avery, 33, appeared on "Good Morning America" with Smirnoff, 36, and hinted that a dispute with a producer may have been the real reason for his departure from the show in only its second week of competition.

"I think we knew as of probably Monday last week that our fate was sealed," he said. "I had a conversation with Conrad, one of the producers, and I was upset at the package that they had brought in the week previous, and it was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of 'DWTS.' And I think in reality TV or some sort of competition, if you have a disagreement with the producers then generally that seals your fate quite early."

The video package that ABC aired featured Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, and a quip of him publicly referring to her as his "sloppy seconds," a comment that landed him in hot water with the NHL in 2008 and for which he later apologized.

While he was visibly and audibly annoyed on the night of the premiere, a source tells People that he later called producer Conrad Green irate over the matter, which may have led to his early departure.

Despite being in the bottom two with Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov, Avery and Smirnoff normally would have been safe. But with a surprise double elimination that night, which was kept a secret from some of the cast and crew, the pair was sent home.

ABC has not commented on the matter.

The pope said no, but the leader of the world's Anglicans was happy to meet Russell Crowe, star of the watery biblical epic "Noah," The Associated Press reports.

Crowe was denied a private audience with Pope Francis when he was promoting the movie in Rome last month.

But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met the actor at the cleric's Lambeth Palace home Tuesday, the day after the movie's British premiere, to discuss faith and spirituality.

Director Darren Aronofsky's film is a box-office hit in the U.S., but some Christian conservatives have complained it takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood. It has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet.

Welby's office said the archbishop had seen "Noah" and found it "interesting and thought-provoking."

As a child, Anderson Cooper put his handsome looks to good use as a model starting at age 10.

However, while chatting with Howard Stern on the radio personality's program on Monday, the 46-year-old CNN anchor explained why he decided to leave the modeling world at 13.

"I got propositioned by a photographer ... a male," Cooper said. "He somehow got my number and called me up and offered me money, and so it freaked me out. I never told anybody. I just stopped. I was, like, 'Forget it.' "

When asked exactly how much money he was offered, Cooper brought a little levity to the conversation by saying, "$2,500, which I thought was a little low."

Speaking of money, the guy was obviously surrounded by plenty of it as a kid. After all, he is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

But Cooper told Stern he will not be receiving any kind of inheritance.

"My mom's made it clear to me that there's no trust fund," he revealed. "There's none of that."

After calling inherited money an "initiative sucker" and a "curse," Cooper said, "Who's inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life? From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don't know that I would've been so motivated."

Rosie O'Donnell is getting a Tony Award.

The award's administration committee said Tuesday that the former talk-show host will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award, an honorary prize given to members of the theater community for their philanthropic efforts, the AP reports.

The committee cites O'Donnell's commitment to arts education for New York City's public school children. In 2003, the Emmy Award-winning O'Donnell launched a nonprofit arts education organization now known as Rosie's Theater Kids, which provides training in dance, music and drama for students attending public school in New York City.

O'Donnell has hosted the Tony Awards three times. Her theater credits include performing in "Grease," "Seussical" and "Fiddler on the Roof" as well as producing the musical "Taboo."

The Tony Awards are June 8.


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