The 'Friends' Cast Still Earn A Ridiculous Amount From Re-Runs Of The Sitcom

Nearly 15 years on from the finale, and Friends continues to be one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

So it probably should come as no surprise that the cast still earn themselves a pretty penny from the continuous re-runs we all love to binge-watch on repeat.

The 10 season-long beloved series propelled David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry into stardom.

And in their original contracts for season one, the six stars were paid $22,500 (£17,900) per episode. But by the end of seasons nine and ten, this figure had jumped up to $1 million (£796k).

The cast reportedly earn 2 per cent syndication. Credit: Warner Bros.
The cast reportedly earn 2 per cent syndication. Credit: Warner Bros.

However, if you thought their earnings wrapped up as they left the keys to the apartment in Monica's kitchen and headed off to Central Perk for one last time, you'd be wrong.

Courtney (Monica Geller), David (Ross Geller), Jennifer (Rachel Green), Lisa (Phoebe Buffay), Matthew (Chandler Bing) and Matt (Joey) all now make 2 per cent of the syndication revenue the show makes.

While it might not sound like a lot at first, Friends still rakes in $1 million under Warner Bros. This equates to a whopping $20 million (£15.9 million) every year each.

The clause is said to have been written into their contract. Credit: Warner Bros.
The clause is said to have been written into their contract. Credit: Warner Bros.

The cast famously worked hard together to negotiate equal salaries for each member to make things fair.

In season two, their salaries ranged between $20,000 (£17,900) range to $40,000 (£35,800) per episode. They managed to secure equal contracts for everyone.

It was reportedly during these negotiations that the 2 per cent syndication clause was added into their contracts, securing them all money for the re-runs.

Knowing that our obsession with the series isn't going away, Netflix is said to have paid a massive $100 million (£79.5 million) to keep the show on the subscription platform this year.

This was $30 million (£24 million) more than the streaming giant is said to have paid for Friends in 2018.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

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