Friends Producer Says He ‘Has No Regrets’ About All-White Cast

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We’ve all been waiting so long for the Friends reunion – however after it finally dropped, many people have slammed the show for not including any black actors..

Now, the Friends producer has said that he has no regrets about the all white cast.

Keep scrolling to check it out.

The internet was feeling so excited.

However many people aren’t too happy with the outcome.

Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

We were introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) first burst onto our screens.

It was an instant hit…

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.

And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters…

The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not… FYI they totally were on a break.

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And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.

Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris… As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.

Oh, and Rachel got off the plane…

Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.

We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?

Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.  

A trailer for a Friends movie went viral a couple of years ago, giving superfans false hope that the sitcom was hitting the box office…

But it wasn’t to be. The trailer was quickly confirmed to be fake and, again, our dreams were shattered.

Matt Le Blanc left fans heartbroken last year as he rejected calls for the show to return, saying the sitcom simply “wouldn’t be the same” in an interview with the Mail Online. He added, “People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family.”

The show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman, says she constantly gets “nagged” by fans to bring the sitcom back. “Watch the old ones – there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it,” she said in an interview with Deadline.

Many worry that, because Friends was about a group of people in their twenties and thirties, it just wouldn’t work following the gang through their forties and fifties.

Well, the news we were all waiting for arrived …

All of the cast posted the same throwback picture on Instagram confirming the news of an official reunion.

But sadly, the reunion will simply be a sit-down with the entire cast and crew to just catch up and reminisce on the good times. It still sounds brilliant, though!

Fans were asking a lot of questions…

And thankfully for them (and us), Courteney Cox revealed exactly what to expect.

Speaking with Kevin Nealon on Hiking with Kevin, Courteney explained what the show would involve…

She said, “So the exciting thing is that we’re all going to get together for the first time, in a room, and actually talk about the show, and it’s going to be on HBO Max, and I’m so excited.”

“We’re going to have the best time. It’s going to be great. We really haven’t all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It’s gonna be fantastic,” she went on to explain.

Along with the channel releasing all 10 seasons of the sitcom for viewers to watch on-demand.

Due to the global pandemic, the Friends reunion was called off “indefinitely,” just a week before filming was set to take place.

As if this pandemic couldn’t get any worse?!

Because we’ve just been given a very special treat.

A first look behind the scenes!

With some photos that have the internet feeling thrilled.

We can’t wait!

However, many people are pretty annoyed with the most recent news.

After the line-up revealed none of the ”Friends’ are black…

Many people took to Twitter to blast the show for its lack of black actors.

What do you think?

But one of the executive producers of Friends has said that he ‘didn’t have any regrets’ about hiring an all-white cast for the massively popular sitcom.

Kevin Bright explained to the Hollywood Reporter:
For the parts of Chandler and Phoebe, we saw everybody and we picked what we thought with the two best actors,
There are different priorities today and so much has changed.
It’s important for today’s shows to be reflective of the ways society truly is,
But for our experience, the three of us, that may have been our experience when we were young and in New York.
We didn’t intend to have an all-white cast. That was not the goal, either. Obviously, the chemistry between these six actors speaks for itself.

He added that he has no regrets…

And that choosing any other six actors would’ve been completely insane.
He added:
“What can I say? I wish Lisa was Black?”
I’ve loved this cast. I loved the show and I loved the experience. I know Marta has a different feeling about it. I think it affects us all.