Kauffman Speaks on the ‘Ridiculous’ Pay Check of the Cast of Friends

by Mrinal VermaAugust 9, 2015

Who doesn’t remember the epic TV show which changed the course of television and made history? Most of all, who doesn’t love Friends and still cry over the finale. If you know someone who doesn’t, it really is time to leave them in the past, because you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

Even eleven years later, we still binge watch the show and love it just as much. The show was not just a success for us, but for the six main actors, too. During the last period of the show, the cast came up with new terms for their contract and were successful in getting it approved.

The cast includes Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, and Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani. The actors presented their deal with asking for a million dollars which was accepted by the producers. By the last season, each cast member of the main crew were paid one million US dollars per episode.

During a recent interview, Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the hit TV series, revealed her thoughts on this whooping deal. She reported that she personally found the deal to be ridiculous, and thought that the pay check was a bit too much than what they deserved. She admitted that the salary of the actors was a lot of money and was unrealistic.

She was present at the interview to talk about her new project with Netflix, Grace and Frankie, and she could not stop herself from comparing both the shows. Also Check: The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Release Date and Predictions

“Not everybody is going to get a million dollars an episode. So I think actually what we’re all doing (at Netflix) is actually more reasonable and makes more sense,” said Kauffman. She also went ahead to talk about how working with Netflix was not only a change, but a really good one.



The series requires them to shoot much less episodes than a traditional one, like Friends, which is a great relief to them. She says that it gives everyone involved a lot more time on their hands, and allows more creative freedom to pursue other deals.

She comments that Netflix is more creative and art-friendly than typical TV channels which has money and popularity in mind.

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Mrinal Verma
Mrinal Verma
I have always been that girl in the corner with glasses dangling between my ears and my nose buried deep in a book. 20 year old English Literature major, and I absolutely love reading books, watching TV shows and movies that mentally torture me and keeps me up all night crying over the characters that do not exist. And just like everybody else, I enjoy a good cup of coffee and the pleasure of listening to good music.

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