Lisa Kudrow Stunned By Son's 'Demeaning' Comment About Her Role In Friends

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By Carina Murphy

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Lisa Kudrow was a huge fan favorite as Phoebe Buffay during her legendary 10-year run on Friends.

However, it turns out that not everyone is such a big fan of her role in the iconic NBC sitcom.

In an interview with Seth Meyers on his late-night talk show, the 58-year-old star revealed that her own son had been critical of her work playing the infamous masseuse/busker.

In fact, his comments were so negative that Kudrow described them as "demeaning" during her chat with Meyers.

According to the actor, her 24-year-old son Julian Murray Stern was initially surprised to discover that Friends was quite funny.

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"He was impressed. He goes, 'It’s actually really funny,'" Kudrow recalled.

However, after talking to her son for longer she discovered that he was less impressed by her - and more impressed by her co-stars Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry.

[[imagecaption|| Kudrow and her son in 2019. Credit: : Sipa US / Alamy]]

"He said, 'It’s actually really funny, and I mean, the guys are so funny.' And he’s like, ‘'No, I mean, you’re funny, too,'" she recounted, adding: "Never in my life have I wanted to tell my own kid, like, 'F*** you!'"

The Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion star went on to say that - while she didn't expect her son to love the show - she at least expected him to be nice about it.

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"I mean, listen, it’s not required that you’re a fan. You don’t have to like what I do," she said. "But don’t be so demeaning! Wow!"

However, while Stern wasn't massively into Friends, he did really enjoy another one of her shows - HBO's comedy-drama The Comeback.

"[He] called me up and said, 'So, I just watched the first two episodes. It’s really good, Mom,'" she recalled during the interview, adding that his enthusiasm moved her to tears.

[[imagecaption|| Kudrow in The Comeback (2005). Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy]]

"I said, 'Thanks.' He said, 'Can I ask you some questions about that?' Like, yes! I almost started crying! I didn’t think that anyone in my family liked that show," she told Meyers.

Featured Image Credit: Broadimage Entertainment / Alamy

Lisa Kudrow Stunned By Son's 'Demeaning' Comment About Her Role In Friends

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By Carina Murphy

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Lisa Kudrow was a huge fan favorite as Phoebe Buffay during her legendary 10-year run on Friends.

However, it turns out that not everyone is such a big fan of her role in the iconic NBC sitcom.

In an interview with Seth Meyers on his late-night talk show, the 58-year-old star revealed that her own son had been critical of her work playing the infamous masseuse/busker.

In fact, his comments were so negative that Kudrow described them as "demeaning" during her chat with Meyers.

According to the actor, her 24-year-old son Julian Murray Stern was initially surprised to discover that Friends was quite funny.

[[youtubewidget||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M1-fLcqsYY]]

"He was impressed. He goes, 'It’s actually really funny,'" Kudrow recalled.

However, after talking to her son for longer she discovered that he was less impressed by her - and more impressed by her co-stars Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry.

[[imagecaption|| Kudrow and her son in 2019. Credit: : Sipa US / Alamy]]

"He said, 'It’s actually really funny, and I mean, the guys are so funny.' And he’s like, ‘'No, I mean, you’re funny, too,'" she recounted, adding: "Never in my life have I wanted to tell my own kid, like, 'F*** you!'"

The Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion star went on to say that - while she didn't expect her son to love the show - she at least expected him to be nice about it.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: United Archives GmbH / Alamy]]

"I mean, listen, it’s not required that you’re a fan. You don’t have to like what I do," she said. "But don’t be so demeaning! Wow!"

However, while Stern wasn't massively into Friends, he did really enjoy another one of her shows - HBO's comedy-drama The Comeback.

"[He] called me up and said, 'So, I just watched the first two episodes. It’s really good, Mom,'" she recalled during the interview, adding that his enthusiasm moved her to tears.

[[imagecaption|| Kudrow in The Comeback (2005). Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy]]

"I said, 'Thanks.' He said, 'Can I ask you some questions about that?' Like, yes! I almost started crying! I didn’t think that anyone in my family liked that show," she told Meyers.

Featured Image Credit: Broadimage Entertainment / Alamy