Creator of 'Friends' reveals a super important update on Ross, Rachel, Monica and Chandler
TV shows, eh? You go home to watch them every night. You laugh, you cry, you talk about the characters like they're your best pals. You put your heart and soul into them. Then, one day, the network announces it's been cancelled and the characters just vanish from your screen, never to be heard from again (unless Netflix picks them up for a multi-million dollar reboot, of course).
It sure is tough to say goodbye after investing all of that time in their lives. One of the hardest programs to see go off the air was Friends. Although the American sitcom ended back in 2004, its fans are the most ardent around. Almost 15 years later, they still talk about the series an unhealthy amount.
Perhaps one of the biggest questions on the lips of a Friends fan, though, is "what happened to the couples on the show?" The series ended with will-they-won't-they pair Ross and Rachel finally reuniting (after getting accidentally married, divorced and having a baby together) and Monica and Chandler happily married with twins. But, 14 years later, are these dream teams as solid as ever?
You'll be happy to hear that the answer to this question is yes! When speaking at a panel for The Wrap at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Friends co-creator David Crane was asked: "In your opinion, Ross and Rachel, how are they doing?" His reply? "Yes. Come on, they worked really hard, ten years."
Next up was friends-turned-lovers Monica and Chandler. The interviewer asked: "Chandler and Monica, still good?" to which Crane replied "Absolutely."
So, all in all, fabulous news all around! It would have been pretty upsetting to learn that we spent 10 years of our lives shipping the wrong couples. Unfortunately, it wasn't good news for everyone though...
Devotees of the show will be disappointed to hear that the Friends creator was asked about the chances of a reboot, to which he responded: "Never happening. Never. We did it! It’s done. That’s why you don’t want to see more of it, because it’s all a happy ending."
He's not alone in his feelings. Members of the cast have, numerous times, shot down the idea. Perhaps most recently was Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, who seemed to have mixed feeling about the idea while on The Conan O'Brien Show in January. She told O'Brien: “They’re rebooting everything. But I don’t know — how does that work with Friends, though? That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad. That’s not fun.”
Kind of gutting right? But we can comfort ourselves with the news that Ross, Rachel and Emma, and Monica, Chandler and the twins are all living out their best lives and playing happy families. I guess Phoebe was right about that lobster thing after all.