‘Friends’ co-creator regrets the show’s lack of diversity

03:36 PM | 9 Jun, 2020
‘Friends’ co-creator regrets the show’s lack of diversity
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While the '90s sitcom Friends is everyone’s favourite, even its most avid fans must admit it's also problematic through a modern perspective.

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman revealed that she regrets not doing more to promote diversity on the show.

During the ATX TV Festival last weekend, when asked what the co-creator of Friends wished she'd known when starting her career, she said, "I wish I knew then what I know today. Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would've made very different decisions.

"I mean we've always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn't do enough and now all I can think about is what can I do? What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way? And that's something I not only wish I knew when I started showrunning, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year."

Set in New York, “Friends” revolves around the life of six white friends and featured predominantly white guest stars, with the exception of girlfriend characters played by Lauren Tom and Aisha Tyler.

Currently there are no plans for a Friends reboot, but the cast plans on reuniting for a special on HBO Max — the new, exclusive streaming home of the series — later this year.

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