‘Friends’ Creator Embarrassed By Lack Of Diversity, Apologises For Characters Being White

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One of the co-creators of the popular TV show Friends has apologised for most of the characters being white and to ease her conscience has pledged to give millions of dollars to black education.

Marta Kauffman told the LA Times that she finds it “painful” that all the main characters on the show, which was hugely successful worldwide, were not ‘diverse’ enough for modern standards. She also said that “admitting and accepting guilt is not easy” and vowed to correct her whitey problem in future productions.

Summit News reports: The writer continued, “What makes this truly emotional for me is that I want this connection I didn’t have. I deeply, deeply want this connection with the black community that I didn’t have. Because of ‘Friends,’ I never attained that.”

“I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago,” Kauffman continued, adding that the death of George Floyd in 2020 prompted her to realise that she had “internalized systemic racism,” and “participated” in it, and that she “needed to course-correct.”

Now, to correct her white guilt, Kauffman says she will give $4 million to fund an endowed chair in Brandeis University’s African and African American studies department.

“I’m finally, literally putting my money where my mouth is,” Kauffman said, adding “I feel I was finally able to make some difference in the conversation.”

“I’ve been working really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. And this seemed to me to be a way that I could participate in the conversation from a white woman’s perspective,” she added.

Kauffman has also promised to correct her whitey problem in future productions.

“I have to say, after agreeing to this and when I stopped sweating, it didn’t unburden me, but it lifted me up. But until in my next production, I can do it right, it isn’t over,” she said, adding “I want to make sure from now on in every production I do that I am conscious in hiring people of color and actively pursuing young writers of color. I want to know I will act differently from now on. And then I will feel unburdened.”

Kauffman’s co-creator on Friends, Kevin Bright, was also recently asked about a lack of diversity on the show to which he replied “I would have been insane not to hire those six actors. What can I say? I wish Lisa [Kudrow] was black?” 

In a Hollywood Reporter interview, Bright explained “For the parts of Chandler and Phoebe, we saw everybody and we picked what we thought with the two best actors. There are different priorities today and so much has changed.”


  1. The show was a huge success and you are going to apologize because the actors (who have won many Emmys) were white? Good luck creating another successful TV show because your career is now finished.


  2. Give it a rest Everyone knows TV s about selling the dream not reality. Its called escapism. They had the black she her female for a nanosecond And there was a bald she her it thing whatever. And phoebe was homeless once upon a time. That’s diverse, and if that wasn’t enough Rachel’s daddy was a Dr and Ross and the formerly fat she her it whatever moniker s dad had a porsche.

  3. It never goes the other way does it ? Can you imagine the uproar if Fresh Prince re-started with an all white cast ? What about a white Blade instead of Snipes or how about a white Lando Calrissian ? Sick of it and ruined many of my favorite shows like the renewed 4400 and Man who Fell to Earth formally played by David Bowie in one of his first ever film roles….

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