‘Friends' co-creator Marta Kauffman apologises for lack of diversity on the US sitcom, saying ‘I didn’t do enough’

The main six cast members of Friends were white. Lisa Kudrow, far right, has previously said that wouldn't be the case if the show was being  made today
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Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has apologised for the lack of diversity in the popular sitcom and says she could have done more.

Speaking at the virtual ATC TV Festival, she said: "I wish I knew then what I know today. Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would've made very different decisions.

"I mean we've always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn't do enough and now all I can think about is what can I do?

 "What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way?

"And that's something I not only wish I knew when I started showrunning, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year."

One of the show’s stars, Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay for the ten seasons Friends was on air, struck a similar chord recently.

She told ET Canada: "[If it were on air now] it would not be an all-white cast, for sure.”

Kudrow appeared alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer in the show which ran from 1994 to 2004 .

A reunion of the six was due to be filmed before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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