According to Lisa Kudrow, Friends has leveraged with a rerun of the first season after the airing of Seinfeld, one of the biggest comedies on TV
Broadcast between the 1990s and 2000s, friends is a great success to this day and is consecrated as one of the greatest comedy series of all time. However, according Lisa Kudrowinterpreter of Phoebe Buffay in production, all this success happened thanks to Seinfeldstarring Jerry Seinfeld.
The actress spoke about this subject during an interview with The Daily Beast. Kudrow explained how, although friends benefited from a great script and decent reviews in its first season, the show only started to gain traction with reruns running directly after the already mega-successful Seinfeld.
“No. I didn’t do anything. In order not to detract from the script for friendsor the cast, or how good friends really was, but in the first season our ratings were good,” said the artist. Crazy for You and we started to climb, but it was in the summer with reruns after Seinfeld when we really exploded.”
“I remember going to a party and Jerry Seinfeld it was there. I said, ‘Hi,’ and he said, ‘You’re welcome,'” he recalled. Lisa Kudrow. “I asked, “Well, thanks… what?” And he said, ‘You’re after us in the summer, and you’re welcome.’ And I said, ‘That’s exactly right. Thank you.'”
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Friends: Creator Admits It Was A Mistake To Treat Chandler’s Trans Mom As Male
co-creator of friends (1994), Marta Kauffman apologized once again about another sitcom mistake. This time, she talked about how she shouldn’t have referred to her mother. Chandler (Matthew Perry)who was a trans woman, calling him “dad.”
“Pronouns weren’t something I understood,” said Kauffman in an interview with BBC which will air on July 11th. “So we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake.”
The character, who was called Helena Handbasketwas interpreted by Kathleen Turnerwho said in the program Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, in 2019, that she would not accept to reprise the role because “there are people who are really suitable for the role.”
Kauffman also explained that now she values a welcoming environment on set of the shows she works on. “I really like creating an environment where we have a happy set and a happy crew. It is very important to me that where we are is a safe place, a tolerant place, where there is no screaming. I fired a guy on the spot for making a joke about a trans cameraman. That just can’t happen,” she stated.
Furthermore, in the last week, Kauffman made a $4 million donation to African American Studies as an apology for the series’ lack of representation. The sitcom has come under fire over the years for featuring predominantly white characters.
“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Admitting and accepting blame is not easy. It’s painful to look at you in the mirror. I’m embarrassed I didn’t know this 25 years ago.”
Creator added: “It took a long time for me to understand what the racist system is internalized. I have worked very hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. And that seems to be the way I can participate in the discussion from a white woman’s point of view.”