Jerry Seinfeld takes credit for some of the success of Friends, especially the show’s early years, Lisa Kudrow recently said.
Lisa Kudrow revealed in a Daily Beast article published Wednesday that Jerry Seinfeld once said “you’re welcome” to her at a party decades ago.
Jerry Seinfeld allegedly made the comment in reference to the on-air placement of Friends after Seinfeld on NBC. Both shows were part of the Must See TV primetime comedy schedule on NBC in the 1990s.
“I said, ‘Hi,’ and he said, ‘You’re welcome,’” Kudrow recalled. “I said, ‘Why, thank you what?’ And he said, ‘You’re on after us in the summer, and you’re welcome.’ And I said, ‘That’s exactly right. Thank you.'”
As People notes, in Friends‘ first season on air, it actually followed Mad About You. But the series took off during the summer of 1995 after NBC put the show’s first season reruns after re-airings of Seinfeld, according to Kudrow.
Lisa Kudrow Making The Rounds
Lisa Kudrow is getting lots of media attention in the wake of the Friends reunion on HBO Max last year. She stars in the comedy film The Parenting, which will air on the same network at a yet-undetermined date.
WarnerMedia first announced plans to film a Friends reunion special (tentatively titled “The One Where They All Got Back Together”) way back in February 2020. Originally, the unscripted special was scheduled to be filmed over two days in late March to be aired on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s streaming service, in late May 2020.
But before filming could happen, the coronavirus pandemic hit and shut down the project — temporarily. After filming finished, the show’s creators faced criticism over its casting. Of the 25 celebs set to make cameo appearances on the show, not a single one was Black.
Kudrow addressed the diversity issue in her interview with The Daily Beast.
“Well, I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college,” she said. “And for shows especially, when it’s going to be a comedy that’s character-driven, you write what you know. They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color. I think at that time, the big problem that I was seeing was, “Where’s the apprenticeship?”
In other Kudrow news, she revealed in a recent interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Podcast w/ Julia Cunningham, her prior hangup with famous TV director James Burrows almost cost her the part of Phoebe.