Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, the series relied on cast chemistry. And for the most part, that success has extended off-screen as well.
During her decade on TV, Aniston talked about how the cast would come together during negotiations. This helped them to increase their salaries, when the talks could have stalled. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I remember it was one of the things when we were young and stupid and we renegotiated, one of the threats [del estudio] was, “Well, we don’t need you six. We can do it with you four.” We said, “What? Can you? Can you get rid of Rachel or Joey or who?” Then it was like, ‘No you can’t, wake up. He added that they “really had a lot of fun together”.
In fact, “Friends” is still a massive hit all these years later. The cast still benefits greatly from reruns of the series, making a fortune every year. How much do they charge exactly? Well, the number is in the millions!
Friends are still successful today
According to USA Today, “Friends” earns enough each year to sustain its own economy. The show regularly reports to Warner Bros. $1 billion a year from syndicated reruns.
The cast of “Friends” doesn’t get a slice of the pie, but yes you get 2% every year. This total amount is approximately $20 million. This is it doesn’t count the potential money generated by streaming deals on Netflix and HBO Max.
When they started the show during season 1, the cast would have won only $22,500 USD per episode. This represents approximately half a million dollars for the whole season. But the actors have renegotiated their contracts over the years. By Season 9, they were each earning $1 million, one of the highest television salaries of the time.
“Are we worth a million dollars? To me, that’s such a weird question,” Matt LeBlanc told HuffPost Live in 2015. “It’s like, well, it doesn’t matter. Are you worth it? How do you put a price tag on funny?” what is it?” We were able to do it.”
What the cast of Friends said about the show’s success
“Friends” fans everywhere were thrilled when the cast reunited for a special reunion episode for HBO Max. But even after all these years, the six stars were still banned together when it came to negotiating their salaries.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the stars declined to star in the special when they were offered $1 million. They eventually agreed to film in exchange for $2.5 million.
But returning to a familiar setting turned out to be too much for Jennifer Aniston. The ‘Friends’ star admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that she had to walk off set several times because it was hard to look back. “It was all very shocking and of course you have cameras everywhere and I’m kinda emotionally accessible already,” Aniston said.
Meanwhile, Matthew Perry shared how difficult it was to star on the show and his worries about success at the time. It would have taken its toll, according to Page Six. “I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh,” he said. “Highs and lows were high, lows were low. But I lived to tell the tale, even though sometimes it seemed like I wouldn’t.”
But all was not terrible. Star Courtney Cox said she wouldn’t trade her time on the show for anything else. “It was such a lucky situation that I fell on the show, and I’ve been through a lot in those 10 years.”
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