After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it.
Yes, it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.
We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and we can’t believe how quickly the Friends children have grown up. Are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?
But it’s not Cole Sprouse or the Friends reunion that became a conversation topic this week. Instead it was the character of Monica who made news as it emerged that the youngest Geller took a while to win over their NBC audience.
According to Saul Austerlitz’s new book, Generation Friends, NBC’s West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer was worried about Monica’s reputation, fearing that the proposed pilot episode storyline, seeing Monica sleeping with a man on the first date, would negatively impact how she was perceived.
Don Ohlmeyer even reportedly sent out a questionnaire to viewers about Monica’s promiscuity, something that didn’t go down too well with co-producer Marta Kauffman.
‘Marta Kauffman was breathing fire out of her nose at Ohlmeyer’s presumption and at the obnoxiousness of his questionnaire, which basically asked, she believed, if Monica was A) a whore, B) a slut, or C) easy,’ Saul Austerlitz reported.
Could we BE any more surprised?