Friends' Ross And Rachel Were Never Supposed To Go 'On A Break'

While we can probably all agree that Friends is one of the best programmes to ever grace our television screens, the one thing that still divides us like Marmite or Brexit, is whether Ross and Rachel were really on a break.

However, the man behind the iconic sit-com just revealed something that will shock Friends fans to the core, no matter which side of the fence they sit on.

Executive producer and director, Kevin S Bright, told Metro that Ross and Rachel were never actually supposed to go on a break at all, but it was written in because producers felt there was something missing from their relationship when they finally got together.

Friends fans will be familiar with the iconic scene that led to Ross hooking up with the girl from the copying place, moments after a heated row with Rachel.

"I cannot keep having this same fight with you Ross! Look, urrgh, maybe we should take a break!

"Fine, you're right. Let's take a break, let's cool off, okay, let's get some frozen yogurt, or something.

"No. A break from us."

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

"I would say initially when [Ross and Rachel's relationship] was planned it wasn't planned that way, that came a little bit later," Kevin explained, referring to the to the break.

"It allowed us to have fun with the show and give people something to root for.

"We were well aware the audience wanted to keep them together but everything that was keeping them apart - we realised when we got them together when the first kiss happened we go, 'Wow, the air has kind of gone out of the balloon.' There wasn't that sexual tension anymore."

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

With that in mind, writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane wrote the break up (and make up) storyline for Ross and Rachel, knowing they'd find their way back together eventually.

"I thought what Marta and David did, which was such a brilliant and brave move with their relationship, as soon as everyone got their wish the wish was taken away. It made it so much better when they did get together."

Well, if we'd have known this earlier, we'd probably have looked at the whole "we were on a break" scenario completely differently.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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