Timeless sitcom Friends turned 25 last week and to celebrate the anniversary, we take a look at the axed storylines and plots that never made it to our screens.
It’s been revealed that Matthew Perry refused to film a controversial LGBT storyline after it was outlined to him by the show’s writers.
In Saul Austerlitz’s book Generation Friends: An Inside Look At The Show That Defined a Television Era, the writer uncovers Matthew’s refusal to let his character Chandler Bing go to a gay bar amid fears the story was insensitive.
Matthew, 50, played Chandler Bing in the famous sitcom – which captured the hearts of the world on NBC for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.
The writer revealed the LGBT Friends storyline would have seen Chandler visiting a gay bar because they served the best tuna melt toasties.
However, Saul said Matthew quickly shut down the proposed script. He wrote: “Perry said no, and the story was shelved.”
Friends viewers will remember Chandler’s awkward relationship with his transgender father, played by Kathleen Turner. His estranged father was a drag artist with a flamboyant show ‘Viva Las Gaygas’.
Saul’s revelation about the axed plot follows other storylines that didn’t quite make the cut, including one which would have seen Rachel Green ( Jennifer Aniston ) move in with coffee barista Gunther (James Michael Tyler).
The Gunther actor, 57, recently reminisced about his time on the hit show and told Metro.co.uk that Friends writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane wanted Rachel to move in with him but the storyline was axed.
Avid Friends fans will remember Gunther’s obsessive love and pining for Rachel, but unfortunately for him, the feelings were never reciprocated.
Surprisingly, the actor revealed he was glad the storyline never worked out.
He told the publication: “I was thinking oh man, they’re never going to make this work…It just didn’t read, even to me. I was not ungrateful that it didn’t work.”
Meanwhile, Tyler also shut down speculation of a Friends revival, 25 years on.
He said: “Why mess with perfection? I don’t know if a reboot would have the same weight or quality. They tied it up in a nice little bow.”
The rest of the Friends cast also celebrated the show’s 25th birthday last week with memorable Instagram posts marking the special anniversary.
To reminisce the sitcom, Comedy Central is hosting immersive attraction FriendsFestive, which has the show’s sets themed around Friends’ most iconic holiday season moments.
The event runs from November 28 to December 21 in London. For more details and tickets, visit friendsfestive.co.uk
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