Friends creator gives final verdict on reunion and says the cast’s salaries were ‘ridiculous’

Do you sometimes wish Friends was still in your life? Well, co-creator Marta Kauffman has a message for fans hoping for a comeback: It's "not going to happen, never going to happen." 

The TV producer made the announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday saying it's time we leave the characters of Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe "alone".

"Here's the thing," Kauffman told Headlines & Global News. "The show was about the time in your life where your friends are your family. That time in their life, as soon as they get married and had children, is over. It changes. It couldn't ever be that and it will only ever be unsatisfying. So leave it alone. Leave it alone."

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman at the press conference this week

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman at the press conference this week

She also shared her strong opinion on the cast's record salaries of a million dollars an episode in the final two seasons.

“A million dollars an episode, let’s be honest, that’s kinda ridiculous,” said Kauffman, who's currently co-creator of Netflix show Grace and Frankie. “That’s a lot of money. It’s inflated. And there’s something unrealistic about it."

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In January, Matt LeBlanc (who played Joey Tribbiani) offered a frank response when asked if he felt they were worth their famous pay rise.

“Were we worth $1 million? To me, that’s such a strange question," Le Blance told HuffPost Live. "It’s like, well, that’s irrelevant. Are you worth it? How do you put a price on how funny something is? We were in a position to get it. If you’re in a position in any job, no matter what the job is - if you’re driving a milk truck or installing TVs or an upholsterer for a couch - if you’re in a position to get a raise and you don’t get it, you’re stupid. You know what I mean? We were in a position and we were able to pull it off. ‘Worth it’ has nothing to do with it.”

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