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Chandler And Phoebe Were Nearly Cut From The Main Cast Of Friends

Chandler And Phoebe Were Nearly Cut From The Main Cast Of Friends

Whether it's Ross' leather pants, the huge coffee cups in Central Perk or Joey's famous 'how you doing?', Friends is pretty damn iconic.

90s' babies will remember eagerly anticipating new episodes to air on E4 on a Thursday night, and the younger generation have been blessed with endless repeats on Comedy Central.


Either way, for people up and down the country, Friends is way more than just a TV show. It's a way of life.

We could relate our first break up to Rachel and Ross. I mean, were they really on a break? And we definitely all cringed when we heard her ask Ross if he had ever heard about the time she went backpacking around Western Europe.

We all sobbed our hearts out when the cast said their final goodbyes to Monica and Chandler's apartment and you can bet that we all know the lyrics word for word to Pheobe's Smelly Cat.

All such iconic moments that it is hard to imagine that two of the six friends were only supposed to be supporting characters.


No, we can't believe it either.

In the early stages of the show, Friends was supposed to focus on Ross, Joey, Monica and Rachel, with Chandler and Phoebe just popping up from time to time.

I think we can all agree that it is a good job that Friends decided to reverse the decision considering how popular the two characters became.

Imagine if we didn't get to see moments like this.

Credit: Comedy Central

A poll at Comedy Central's Friendsfest in 2016, which was attended by 60,000 people, revealed that Chandler was the second favourite character out of the six, while Phoebe came in fourth.

Perhaps surprisingly, Ross took first place, while Joey came in third, Rachel was fifth and Monica, sister of the favourite character, was voted least popular.

Poor girls, it seems the male friends are much more of a hit with fans.

What is interesting is that the actor behind the UK's favourite Friends character didn't even have to audition for his role on the sitcom.

In 2012, Friends' writer and producer, Marta Kauffman said: "Schwimmer had auditioned the year before for a pilot we were making, and he just stuck in our heads. That was an offer. No audition."

And this revelation really shook us up.

Rachel almost didn't appear on the final shows. *Gasp*

Apparently, Jennifer Aniston wanted to leave the show while Rachel was on a high and people were still laughing, adding that she wasn't sure how much life the character had left.


Thankfully producers managed to convince Aniston otherwise so we all got the happy ending we dreamed of.

Topics: Entertainment, Comedy Central, TV News, TV Entertainment, Friends

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her -


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