Famous Hollywood’s web series FRIENDS’ co-creator Marta Kauffman has admitted that she did not do much to promote racial diversity in Friends.
While giving an interview at the virtual ATX Television Festival, Kauffman said that FRIENDS became a white version of New York City and it turned out to be a mistake. She wished she knew her mistake before she started the show.
“I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would’ve made very different decisions,” she said.
“We’ve always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn’t do enough. Now all I can think about is what can I do, what can I do differently. How can I run my show in a new way? That’s something I wish I knew when I started show running but all the way up through last year.”
Many of its cast members and audiences have addressed the lack of racial diversity in the show in the past few years.
David Schwimmer, who played Ross in the sitcom, proposed a more diverse remake in an interview earlier this year.
“Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends,” he said. “But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color. 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.”
When asked Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe in the show about what a modern-day reboot of Friends would look like? She replied, “
Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure.”
However she added that the show was of its time
“I’m not sure what else, but to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.”