Marta Kauffman Admits ‘Friends’ Series Lacks in Promoting Diversity

“I wish I knew then what I know today.”

The Co-creator of the 25-year old famous sitcom, “Friends” got emotional in a recent panel discussion at an ATX TV. Kauffman, who also co-created Grace and Frankie, was asked on a virtual panel interview and she admitted that she didn’t do enough to showcase diverse talent.

If we take a look back, the hit 90’s sitcom has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity, including some of its cast members.

“I wish I knew then what I know today. I would have made very different decisions,” Kauffman expressed.

“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? 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.” she added during the 2020 ATX TV Festival.

To give you a little refresher, ‘Friends‘  is one of the beloved sitcoms of all time, running for 10 seasons between 1994 and 2004.

Moreover, the cast of this series is set to reunite for a one-off special in HBO Max initially scheduled to record in March. They supposedly reminisce and take us all back to their nostalgic series but sadly postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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