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How I Met Your Mother: 9 Times Robin Should Have Been Fired

Robin took her career seriously in How I Met Your Mother, and her determination to succeed as a broadcast journalist was one of her main plotlines throughout the sitcom. It's up for debate whether Marshall or Robin had the highest work ethic out of the group, but there was nothing she wouldn't do to achieve her goals.

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As with any competitive industry, there were instances when Robin struggled to stay afloat. Thanks to her ambitious nature, she eventually became the star she'd always wanted to be. However, it's unrealistic that she was able to excel in her career field given her workplace demeanor. Robin saved the day on more than one occasion, but she's also committed firable offenses that would never fly in the real world.

9 When Robin Read The News In Clown Makeup

It wasn't Robin's intent to go on-air looking like a clown, but it was her bad choices that caused the mess. Robin fired her makeup artist right while sitting in her makeup chair and handled the situation inappropriately.

Additionally, Robin would've had to have realized that her makeup wasn't being applied as normal. If there was no time to clean her face, the professional thing to do would have had someone stand-in for her or cut to another segment. It took a lot of poor judgemental calls for Robin to end up in this situation as it likely distracted from the news itself.

8 When Robin Made Inappropriate Comments On The Air

Out of all of Robin's questionable workplace choices, this one is by far the worse. Barney offered to give Robin money if she made dirty comments on the air, and there reached a point where she wasn't even trying to sneak them in subtly. Saying the phrases just once should have cost her her job, but her reports got worse and worse with no consequences.

How I Met Your Mother chalked it up to no one watching Robin's news show, but that doesn't make sense in the broad scheme of things. Metro News 1 had to have some type of viewership if they were able to keep their staff employed, and it's impractical that no one would have cared about the inappropriate things Robin said.

7 When Marshall Lied About Being Mugged By A Monkey

Future Ted assured viewers that Marshall's lie didn't hurt Robin's credibility, but it would've if How I Met Your Mother was more realistic. Robin personally invited Marshall on the show as a guest, only for the entire segment to become a disaster.

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Robin brought a zookeeper on the show who informed Marshall that they would be putting down the monkey that mugged him. It led to everyone on set getting confused and losing their temper, and Marshall eventually just got up and went home. If this was a first offense it would've been different, but it's only one of many fiascos that Robin helped initiate.

6 When Robin Screamed At Patrice

Robin and Barney's relationship was toxic for several reasons, and it often led them both to do inexcusable things. When Barney dated Patrice, it only made Robin's hatred for her co-worker intensify.

She was even crueler to her than before, even though Patrice never did anything to warrant Robin's anger. Patrice was the nicest person in the office and she went out of her way to be a good friend to her. No professional workplace would tolerate one employee bullying another.

5 When Robin Excessively Said "But, Um" To Prove A Point

Without even realizing she was doing it, Robin was saying, "But, um," on the news so often that Ted's students made a drinking game out of it. It's a filler phrase that everyone says at some point, especially when talking in front of an audience, but Robin had been saying it a bit excessively.

After Robin finds out about the drinking game, she decides to get revenge on Ted and his class. She yells, "but, um" at the camera repeatedly, causing her guest to leave in the middle of an interview. It was an extremely immature thing to do, especially because Robin's newscasts can be seen by future employers.

4 When Becky Eclipsed Her

Robin didn't necessarily do anything wrong after Becky was hired, but Becky eclipsed her in every sense of the word. Becky was immature and she didn't take broadcast journalism seriously, but no one at the news station seemed to care.

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Becky's bubbly personality brought in so many viewers that they named Robin's segment, "Come On, Get Up New York! With Becky." Robin had to fight to be seen on camera, so it didn't make much sense for the studio to keep paying someone they weren't even utilizing.

3 When Robin Tried To Avoid The Super Bowl Score

When it comes to a person's job, they need to leave their personal issues at home. Robin was so determined to not find out who won the Super Bowl, that she caused a huge scene during her newscast. It was disrespectful to her co-workers, and it didn't make her look great, either.

Robin kept interrupting other anchors who tried to give their reports and bombarded the weatherman when he was unprepared. When Metro News 1 is finally able to discuss sports, Robin sings and puts her fingers in her ears.

2 When Robin Drank Wine Under Her Desk

No matter the occasion, drinking alcohol while on the clock is never a good idea. It's an even worse one to hide under a desk, cry, and get drunk off of a bottle of wine.

Robin had been going through a lot at the time, and the show made viewers sympathize with her. But, from a professional standpoint, Robin should have been fired the moment she was caught with the drink. However, World Wide News never appeared to be a very professional environment.

1 When She Fell Into Horse Manure

It might have been an accident, but Robin's reaction was anything but professional. No matter what happens on the air, reporters need to try and keep a level head. Robin obviously wasn't seriously injured, so there wasn't much of an excuse for the things she said to the camera.

She screamed about how she was "covered in horse crap," which didn't mix well with the heartwarming interview she had just given. It wouldn't be right to fire Robin for something that happened out of her control, but there were a lot of things about this situation that should have been handled differently.

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