FRIENDS will be yanked off Netflix after the comedy’s owner said it was launching its own streaming service – and taking the hit show with it.
All 236 episodes of the sitcom, about the antics of New Yorkers Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey and Phoebe, are set to move to a new Warner platform in a matter of months.
Friends is set to vanish from Netflix viewers’ screens[/caption]
The broadcasting giant, which licenses the iconic comedy, is planning a rival to Netflix and said its “crown jewels” – which include all 236 episodes of Friends – will be available exclusively on it.
Telly boss Kevin Reilly explained: “For the most part, sharing destination assets like that is not a good idea. Expect that the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on the service.”
The as-yet-untitled streaming giant is likely to hoover up other Warner hits including The Big Bang Theory.
It is also set to air classic Warner Brothers movies such as Casablanca and Caddyshack.
Episodes including 1995’s The One Where Ross Finds Out are going[/caption]
Netflix is likely to lose the hit comedy to a rival service run by Warner[/caption]
Kevin also said he was “very interested” in swiping shows including The Flash, Arrow and Riverdale, which currently stream on Netflix, for the new service.
Friends originally aired from 1994 to 2004, with viewers in the UK watching on Channel 4, before it moved to Comedy Central.
The show has been available to stream on Netflix since 2015, with the telly giant is paying £78 million a year to beam Friends around the world.
The sitcom about a group of six New Yorkers launched the careers of Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry.
David Swimmer as Ross in The One With The Breast Milk[/caption]
There are 236 episodes and ten series of Friends[/caption]
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By the time the series ended, the stars were banking a million dollars – nearly £780,000 – an episode, plus two per cent of the money made from re-runs.
Matt, who is now worth £61 million, said earlier this month that he was so broke before he landed the role of Joey Tribbiani that he almost “starved”.
The 61-year-old Top Gear host said: “You know when you think ‘I’ve got a little money in the bank, I can hold out until the next gig’? I had, I think I was down to $11 [£8.41].
“Now that’s holding out too long. Because even if I said at that point: ‘I’m going to go get a waiter job,’ by the time that $11 ran out would’ve been before the first pay cheque on that job. I would’ve starved.”
TV boss Kevin Reilly dropped the bombshell at a conference[/caption]
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