The creators of 'Friends' get real about the show's lack of diversity

The creators of 'Friends' get real about the show's lack of diversity

The show was criticized in the past for its all-white, heteronormative cast.

The creators and executive producers of Friends are opening up about the iconic sitcom's lack of diversity.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, series creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane as well as executive producer Kevin Bright acknowledged that the racial makeup of the six protagonists would be different if the show was made today.

"If we did Friends today, no, I don't imagine they would probably end up being an all-white cast", Bright said.

"We would be so aware", he added. "So much would change, but to get them to behave realistically within this time, there would be a lot that would change about them. And the racial makeup of them would change because of that."

Friends, which ran from 1994 through 2004, received criticism in the past for its all-white, heteronormative cast.

"Back then, there was no conscious decision", Kauffman said of casting only white people in main roles. "We saw people of every race, religion, color. These were the six people we cast. So, it was certainly not conscious."

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