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Friends remains one of the most iconic and easy-to-watch TV shows of all time, despite almost 25 years passing since it first aired.

The sitcom we know and love offers us relatable comedy with lovable characters, what's not to adore? It could have been a very different series, however, without one of the cast in particular.

Author Saul Austerlitz has spilled some of Central Perk's most shocking secrets to celebrate a quarter-century of the programme, including which Friend was almost cut out of the show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Austerlitz's new book, Generation Friends, the one and only Jennifer Aniston herself was nearly written out of the show after a potential filming conflict emerged.

Austerlitz told Entertainment Weekly that Jennifer had already filmed numerous episodes for an upcoming comedy, Muddling Through, which was set to air on rival network CBS.

The scheduling team at NBC allegedly aired a ratings-winning stream of TV films adapted from Danielle Steel novels at the same time as Aniston's other show to avoid ditching Rachel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Most of Muddling Through's intended target audience switched to NBC for some luxurious fluff, Aniston's career prospects with Muddling Through were annihilated.

Pretty intelligent stuff from NBC, we have to admit. Imagine Friends without Rachel Greene, her hilarious diva idiosyncracies and her 'lobster' love for Ross Gellar?

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Friends wouldn't be Friends without Phoebe Buffay, let's get that straight. The iconic, quirky character always saw life through another lens, and had a neverending supply of enviable vintage rings.

But according to the actress who played the hilarious character, Lisa Kudrow, playing the role wasn't easy for her. She even needed her co-star's help to handle the pressure.

The 56-year-old comedian made her comments while hiking with Kevin Nealon for his YouTube web series Hiking With Kevin yesterday.

Kudrow is a graduate of the prestigious Vassar College, where she majored in biology. She later rose to fame with her popular, slightly ditzy role on Friends for 10 series, until 2004.

"I had played dumb girls, sure. But it wasn't really me," Kudrow told Nealon.

"I feel like s**t, I tricked them. At the audition, I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that's how I got it, I think. So I had to work hard at being Phoebe, you know."

LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, noticed something was up and gave Kudrow a much-needed pep talk.

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"And then like third season in, I was struggling so much," she said. "And Leblanc was like, 'What's going on with you?' And I said, 'I can't, I don't think I have it, I mean, I don't know what I'm doing.'

"And he went, 'You're her, relax, you got it. You've been doing this f**king character for three years. You're working too hard. That's your problem. You don't need to work this hard. Relax.' He was right."

Kudrow also revealed that she has never actually watched an episode of Friends. "I should," she said. "I hear it's good."

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Anyone who's everyone watched Friends back in the day. It remains one of the most popular shows of all time, spanning 10 seasons and earning millions of viewers per episode.

The lead actors became stars overnight after the show began airing in the early 1990s, and it's no surprise they wanted to keep some mementos after a decade of working on the project together.

Lisa Kudrow has shared a photo of the gift which Matthew Perry gave her after they wrapped up filming, and it's UNREAL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Matthew bagged Monica's cookie jar for Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the classic sitcom. The instantly recognisable prop now sits in the star's home, where she probably puts her granny's infamous Nestlé cookies.

The 55-year-old showed the jar to her 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and Friends fans freaked out, as predicted. She captioned the snap; "My wrap gift from Matthew Perry…”ooh, look at the time, I’ve gotta go.”" BLESS HER.

Lisa had previously explained the tale behind Matthew's choice of present to Comedy Central.

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"It’s this cookie jar that was in Monica and Rachel’s apartment, and there’s a clock face on it,’ she began. "He gave it to me because… I had a scene where I was supposed to say, “Ooh, look at the time, I gotta go!”" she said.

"Well, I wasn’t wearing a watch. Because we’d rehearsed it but no one thought about it. As we were shooting, and the audience was there… it was coming up and I was like, uh oh, I’m about to say, “Look at the time.” I don’t see a watch… there’s no clock anywhere…"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued the story;

"So I point to the cookie jar and say, “Look at the time, I gotta go!” So afterwards Matthew Perry went, “Did you point to the cookie jar and say ‘look at the time’?” It was the dumbest fix, so lame… and then David Crane came over and said “what are you looking at?”’

"It was so stupid of me… that’s my fix! He asked Warner Bros, he got special permission and he gave that to me." Awww, gowan Matthew. What a great pal.

Matt LeBlanc was also asked about props which he stole on the show, and he revealed he took the Magna Doodle on the back of Chandler and Joey's door for an electrician who drew the artwork for every episode;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, also revealed that he keeps the foosball from Chandler and Joey's foosball table in his tool kit.

We'd probably have tried to leave the show with the entire of Monica Geller's apartment and the contents of Rachel's wardrobe.

We absolutely love all of these nostalgic on-set Friends stories, give us more please?

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If you want to feel VERY old, this is the news story for you.

Do we remember Rachel Green's adorable baby Emma? The toddler was played by twins Noelle and Cali Sheldon 15 years ago, and they're all grown up now.

The pair posted a photograph to Instagram for their sweet sixteen, sharing a tribute of their younger selves and it's the cutest.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Noelle and her sister are looking happy and carefree at the Museum of Ice Cream; she captioned the nostalgic snap; “Happy birthday @cali.sheldon."

Cali also posted a photo of herself and her sister, writing; "My partner in crime since ’02… happy birthday noelle!" 

The twins celebrate a major milestone and have also landed a role in Jordan Peele's upcoming horror flick Us, starring Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss.

It's safe to say they haven't strayed far from acting, though a horror movie is certainly different to their silver screen baby debut.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Noelle posted the news to her Instagram alongside the film's trailer;

“The trailer for Us is out now! I put the link in my bio. So happy I got to be a part of this movie, it looks amazing and terrifying!” 

Friends ended back in 2004 and broke our hearts, but we all loved watching Emma grow up alongside her parents.

Ross and Rachel were played by Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer, and we can only hope that they've kept in touch with the twins.

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We'll be honest with you; this story baffles us.

Now, we can all relate to fangirling HARD over a movie franchise, tv programme or celebrity (*cough* Michael B Jordan, AKA The Snack *cough*) but this YouTuber took things pretty damn far all on her lonesome.

Chi with a C has become a viral sensation after recreating the entire first episode scene-for-scene of famous New York sitcom Friends

Despite having zero props and costumes, and only a Macbook green-screen for company, the superfan made the pilot episode all by herself and we are IMPRESSED.

It must have taken her hours and hours of work, and we're pretty sure she was procrastinating some kind of college work but boy did she commit.

She did it all in her pyjamas too, for an…alternative…costume wardrobe. Not bad for a cast of one though, we have to say

The YouTuber uses her channel for comedy purposes, as you may have guessed.

The comedian-in-training previously turned herself into Sharon Osbourne and even recreating Thank U Next with whistles alone. Alright then, each to their own..

She's got ten seasons of Friends material to dissect should she please, she seems to have the spare time on her hands anyways.

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As more and more allegations against Harvey Weinstein are made public, the people responsible for contributing to Hollywood's misogyny in recent decades are being forced to justify their actions.

Given the sheer number of actresses, reporters and television hosts who are coming forward to share their own stories of harassment and assault, it's no surprise that the entertainment industry is being viewed in a very different light by the general public.

One journalist is, however, keen to remind the public that while the likes of Harvey Weinstein do indeed exist, there are other high-profile men who truly understand the vulnerability women in the industry feel.

Film reviewer, Nell Minow, insists that not only do many men choose not to exploit the women they encounter, but they endeavour to protect them.

Speaking to James Warren of Poynter.org, Nell recalled an encounter with David Schwimmer, which she feel speaks to a more positive aspect of the entertainment industry.

While interviewing the former Friends star in 2011, David suggested they take their meeting from the hotel restaurant to his hotel bedroom due to the dining room's noise level.

Nell recalls David immediately offering to provide a third person in the form of a chaperone to ensure his interviewer's comfort.

"I haven’t thought of that since it happened but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behaviour and as an indicator of Schwimmer’s integrity and sensitivity," Nell said this week.

Nell is keen to stress the significance of the actor's words by explaining that his approach meant he instinctively knew how women in the industry are treated, and was keen to protect them.

"This wasn’t just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything. He understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe."

Nell added: "I just want to say thank you. And, also, your movie was very good."

While some Twitter users have dismissed Nell's story, arguing that men should not be praised for not assaulting women, others insist David's attitude displayed a level of understanding not exhibited by many men in the industry.

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A series of six short films produced by David Schwimmer have been met with considerable praise this week.

Part of a campaign entitled #ThatsHarassment, the former Friends star sought to highlight various incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by men against women.

The ActorThe Co-workerThe DoctorThe BossThe Politician and The Photographer are a lesson in the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious acts of harassment endured by women in everyday settings on a regular basis.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, the 50-year-old actor and director explained his motivation behind the campaign.

"The whole purpose of this is to encourage people and to give them the courage to speak out if they’re a victim themselves of harassment, or if they witness or are aware of sexual harassment," he said.

"Every woman in my family, in my life, has been harassed, constantly told that you aren't worth the same as men or what you look like comes first – it makes a lot more sense to me that a lot of women don't even recognise when they’re being harassed."

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and Emmy Rossum of Shameless fame also appear in the campaign.

 

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Is this a case of life imitating art?

Friends star, David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in the iconic 90s sitcom, has announced that he and wife, Zoe Buckman, are officially on a break.

The couple, who married in June 2010, confirmed the news in a statement to US Weekly on Wednesday.

 "It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship."

The pair first met when David was directing the 2007 comedy Run Fatboy Run, in London. Zoe moved to Los Angeles shortly after to be with the actor.

According to The Daily Mail, the Friends actor had previously spoken of the personal difficulties that fame brings and admitted that stardom has impacted his relationships in the past.

David and Zoe confirmed that the well-being of their five-year-old daughter Cleo was their main priority going forward.

 "Our priority is, of course, our daughter's happiness and well-being during this challenging time, and so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family."

We can’t help but see some similarities between the current situation and David’s famous on-again, off-again on-screen relationship with co-star Jennifer Aniston, and we can only hope that the pair will have a happy ending. 

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Before landing the role of Ross Geller in Friends, David Schwimmer had studied acting at Northwestern University and treaded the boards in LA.

In an effort to hone his craft, a young David would regularly engage with other people and happily draw inspiration from day-to-day situations, but this all changed after Friends hit the big time in the mid 90s.

Stunned by the level of fame he was experiencing at the height of his television career, David recently admitted that he began to withdraw – something which went against everything he had been taught during his days in university.

"As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people," he told the Hollywood Reporter.

"The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite: it made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen," he explained. "And I realised after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide."

After becoming a household name along with his five co-stars, a 27-year-old David struggled with the implications of their overnight fame.

"It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with," he admitted.

Attempting to reconcile the actor he was before hitting the big time and the actor that emerged from the hit sitcom took David some time.

"So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky," he said.

Since finishing his last coffee in Central Perk, David has starred in a number of shows, mostly recently earning an Emmy nomination for his role in The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story.

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There's something about seeing celebrities roast each other that we all totally love, but when they do it to the sound of serious beats?! Well. we literally can't get enough.

Facing James Corden in a rap battle last night, everyone's favourite Friend, David Schwimmer, proved that he's definitely no pushover when it comes to trash talk.

Like his character on Friends, David obviously spent some time 'working on his music', and, ladies, he let James Corden HAVE it.

The British host gave as good as he got though and went to TOWN on David's flailing career since taking his last sip of coffee in Central Perk back in 2004.

And if that wasn't good enough, out comes Rebel Wilson who, unsurprisingly, absolutely slaaaaaayed.

This is too good to miss out on, and we cannot stop laughing.

 

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Good news for Friends fans!

Ross is going to be making his triumphant return to Channel 4 in a new sitcom, and people are very excited.

However, it won’t actually be Ross Geller on our screens, so should maybe put our celebratory leather pants and teeth—whitening strips away for the time being.

David Schwimmer is going to be starring in a new TV series but his new character is definitely not Ross.

Morning Has Broken will follow the story of an American TV producer brought in to rescue a failing breakfast show. It will be the first time David, 48, has been back on our screens in a sitcom in the 10 years since Friends has ended.

Julia Davis is the mastermind behind the series and will also co-star with the Friends alum, according to the Guardian.

We’re pretty excited to this. Actually, very excited.

Whole Ross Geller was possibly one of the funniest characters to have ever appeared on our screens, he was often thought of as the least lovable friend.

However, you can’t deny that some of the best comedic moment on the series were down to Ross’s antics.

The fact “Unagi” is still something we refer to too often than we should is just a testament to David’s acting.

So we are looking forward to the chance to see him take on an entirely new role. In case you needed reminding of just how good the actor can be, here's seven minutes of comedy gold for you to enjoy:

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While a lot of us may be too young to remember the most highly-publicised court case in American history, we now have a second chance to see the whole thing.

And just in case that doesn’t entice you, it’s going to be full of Kardashians too!

The first pictures of the actors playing the young Kardashian clan on set of American Crime Story have been released, and they look SERIOUSLY similar to our favourite family twenty years ago.

It is no secret that the Kardashian name first came to prominence in the early 1990s during the murder trial of former sports star and actor, OJ Simpson.

In this new series from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, David Schwimmer (yes, that’s Ross Gellar) is playing Robert Kardashian – Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob’s Dad.

Selma Blair is playing Kris Jenner in the show. The Cruel Intentions star actually bumped into the momager on a red carpet two months ago, and their uncanny similarities were seen in person for the first time.

Meanwhile Oscar-winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr, is set to play the role of Mr Simpson himself and John Travolta appears as Robert Shapiro, another of Mr Simpson's defence attorneys. 

With the world’s attention permanently fixated on the lives of the Kardashians, we have no doubt that this show, which is set for a 2016 release, will garner a HUGE audience. 

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