Lisa Kudrow Defends Lack Of Diversity In 'Friends'

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
The 'Friends' cast looking out a window in shock.

As the beloved '90s sitcom Friends gets older, it only seems to be drawing in more and more critics as new audiences are introduced to it thanks to streaming. One of the main things people point out is the show's lack of diversity.

One of the main actresses, Lisa Kudrow, recently spoke out in defense of the lack of diversity, saying it wasn't in the creators' wheelhouses.

'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow gave spoke on the show's lack of diversity.

A recent interview with the Daily Beast had Kudrow, who played Pheobe Buffay, giving her opinion on modern critiques saying the show lacked a lot of diversity as it starred an entirely straight, white cast for its entire 10-year run.

She believes the creators were writing what they knew.

The 'Friends' cast sitting around a table playing poker.

David Crane and Marta Kauffman are the show's co-creators, who based the series on their own experiences.

As Kudrow put it, "I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college."

She thinks they were right to not stray too far from their lane.

The 'Friends' cast looking down at the camera.

"And for shows especially, when it's going to be a comedy that's character-driven, you write what you know."

She also added, "They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color."

Kudrow believes it'd be very different if 'Friends' was made today.

The 'Friends' cast looking out a window in shock.

As she told the Sunday Times in an interview two years ago, Friends "would not be an all-white cast" were it made today. She added that the show "should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong."

This all comes after Marta Kauffman has been openly apologetic.

She's not only apologized for Friends' lack of diversity, saying she's "embarrassed" that she "didn't know any better" during the show's conception, but she's made a promise to do better.

"I want to make sure from now on in every production I do that I am conscious in hiring people of color and actively pursue young writers of color," she said.

h/t: Daily Mail