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Friends Writer SLAMS Cast For Past Conduct: ‘Reminded Me Of The Preppy Rich Youngsters’

Friends Writer SLAMS Cast For Past Conduct: ‘Reminded Me Of The Preppy Rich Youngsters’

In accordance with a former author, the solid of Friends didn’t all the time have their cheerful demeanor whereas filming the present!

Patty Lin, who wrote for the long-lasting ’90s sitcom throughout season 7 from 2000 to 2001, is spilling ALL THE TEA about what life was like on set. Amid the SAG-AFTRA strike that’s been occurring for a while now, the 43-year-old former author shared an excerpt from her upcoming guide Finish Credit: How I Broke Up with Hollywood with Time on Wednesday — and he or she’s coming for all of the exhibits we all know and love!

Within the excerpt, she mentioned:

“Ever since I retired from tv writing on the ripe age of 38, individuals have requested me: “Why would you give up such a cool profession?” Particularly in the event that they know I labored on common exhibits like FriendsFreaks and GeeksDetermined Housewives, and Breaking Dangerous. It’s not possible to reply this query over the course of a cocktail social gathering dialog. The place would I even start? There have been the grueling hours, the egotistical bosses, the politics and dysfunction, the methods during which TV writing is extra like making widgets than creating artwork—there’s all the pieces that the Writers Guild of America is presently combating in opposition to with their ongoing strike, and the problems have solely gotten extra complicated since I retired in 2008.”


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Later in her guide, she recollects how excited she was to get a proposal to work on Friends, which was the preferred sitcom within the nation on the time. Working alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer appeared like a dream on the time — however quickly the dream was a nightmare:

“However the novelty of seeing Huge Stars up shut wore off quick … The actors appeared sad to be chained to a drained outdated present after they could possibly be branching out, and I felt like they had been always questioning how each given script would particularly serve them.”

Patty went on to say the solid members would even mess up the jokes on goal to get those they didn’t like rewritten:

“All of them knew the way to get fun, but when they didn’t like a joke, they appeared to intentionally tank it, realizing we’d rewrite it. Dozens of excellent jokes would get thrown out simply because certainly one of them had mumbled the road by means of a mouthful of bacon.”


The leisure trade determine mentioned the actors would typically “vociferously” give their opinions to the writers and felt protecting over the characters they performed:

“As soon as the primary rewrite was completed, we’d have a run-through on the set, the place the actors would rehearse and work out blocking with the director. Then everybody would sit round Monica and Chandler’s condo and talk about the script. This was the actors’ first alternative to voice their opinions, which they did vociferously. They not often had something optimistic to say, and after they introduced up issues, they didn’t counsel possible options. Seeing themselves as guardians of their characters, they typically argued that they’d by no means do or say such-and-such.”

She mentioned these conferences had been solely useful “generally”, however typically simply despatched the writers of the present again to sq. one a number of instances. And one thing that made her much more uncomfortable on set was the alleged cliquey nature of the solid:

“They jogged my memory of the preppy wealthy children in my highschool who shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch and drove brand-new convertibles. The welcome lunch was solely the start. Throughout pre-production the employees went out to lunch every single day, and the stress of determining who to sit down with stirred up troubling recollections of the center college cafeteria.”


And that’s not even to say her claims of sexual harassment and racial injustice that will not fly at this time. She alleges the crew would talk about sexual encounters throughout their downtime:

“I used to be happy with my means to chuckle at obscenities and never take offense. In comedy, this toughness—or, put one other approach, lack of sensitivity—was thought-about a requirement. However given how a lot has shifted in the previous couple of years round sexual harassment and racial injustice, I’d in all probability really feel in another way if I had been sitting in a writers’ room at this time.”

All in all, Patty referred to as the 23 episodes the produced that season utterly “brutal” behind-the-scenes. Wow.

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