Friends co-creator admits she ‘didn’t do enough’ to encourage diversity

Adrian Ovalle

Among the developers of Friends has actually confessed she “didn’t do enough” to encourage diversity on the struck TELEVISION funny.

Marta Kauffman co-created the much-loved comedy, which ranged from 1994 to 2004, along with David Crane.

Friends is still popular today – however has actually been criticised over the last few years for not including more black and Asian characters.

Marta Kauffman co-created the hit comedy

Its 6 stars – Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – were all white, as was most of the supporting cast.

Speaking at a virtual TELEVISION celebration in Texas, Kauffman stated that if she had her time once again, she “would’ve made very different decisions”.

According to United States media reports, she ended up being tearful when asked what she wanted she had actually understood at the start of her profession in tv.

” I want I understood then what I understand today. Sorry, I simply want I understood then what I understand now. I would’ve made really various choices.

“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?”

Kauffman, who likewise co-created Netflix funny Grace and Frankie, added: “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.”

It is not the first time among the Friends cast and team has actually discussed the absence of diversity in the series.

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer as Ross and Rachel in the last ever episode

Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, stated he was “well aware” of the problem and had actually discussed it with manufacturers.

He stated: “One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part.”

Last month, Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, safeguarded the show, stating it was “progressive” at the time however would not include an all-white cast if it was made today

She informed The Sunday Times that fans must take a look at the show as a “time capsule”, stating it would be “completely different” now.

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“Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure,” she stated. “I’m unsure what else, however, to me, it ought to be taken a look at as a time pill, not for what they did incorrect.

” Likewise, this show believed it was really progressive. There was a man whose better half found she was pregnant and gay, and they raised the kid together.

“We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive.”

A Friends reunion special had actually been set to air in May, however was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While not a reboot, the unscripted unique pledges fans: “You’ll get to see us together again for the first time in ages, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate all the fun we had.”

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