Jennifer Aniston Claims that the Studio Threatened to Fire two of ‘Friends’ Cast Members

Jennifer Aniston claims that the studio threatened to fire two of the main cast members of Friends. From 1994 to 2004, the sitcom ran for ten seasons and quickly became a hit with critics and audiences. Eventually becoming one of the popular TV shows of all time. On May 27, HBO Max aired a special titled Friend: The Reunion, which brought the show’s original leads back to set.

Friend follows a group of 6 friends as they navigate their 20s and 30s in New York City, and they are all among television’s most recognizable characters. After leaving her soon-to-be husband at the altar, Aniston plays Rachel, who moves in with her childhood best friend Monica (Courtney Cox). Throughout the run of the show, she has a will-they-won’t-they relationship with Monica’s brother, Ross (David Schwimmer). Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry), who live across the hall, are also in the group, as is Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe.

Fans may find it difficult to imagine the series without that core group of actors, but Aniston recalls Warner Bros. executives threatening to fire two of them in an interview with THR. She claims the studio made the remark while the cast was renegotiating their salaries, warning the young actors that Friends could only succeed with four of them. However, she recalls that they quickly saw through that. Here’s the rest of her quote:

We truly had a great time together. “Well, we don’t need all six of you,” the [studio] threatened when we were young and dumb and renegotiating. With four of you, we can do it.” “What?” we exclaimed. Can you do it? Who do you think you can get rid of, Rachel or Joey?” “No, they can’t,” I said. “Wake up.”

Throughout the ten seasons of Friends, the actors would be successful in pressuring the studio for better deals multiple times. Before season 3, the six agreed to work together and take the same salary, and by seasons 9 and 10. They were earning $1 million per episode, making Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow the highest-paid TV actresses of all time. Starting in 2000, they were able to receive syndication royalties. Which had previously only been available to stars who owned their shows, such as Jerry Seinfeld.

Many Friends fans are likely to laugh when they learn that Warner Bros. threatened to fire two of the cast members. The sitcom was created as an ensemble piece that not only allowed each of the six stars to shine individually. But also required their on-screen chemistry to work. If any of the main characters left at any point during its run. The show would not be as well-received as it is now. Thankfully, Aniston and her co-stars called the studio’s bluff. And viewers got to see the characters’ stories all the way through.

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