Well it IS a little ridiculous…
Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the classic hit sitcom, Friends, recently spoke on a panel of showrunners — she currently works on Grace & Frankie at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour on Tuesday.
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One of the more interesting things she spoke about was her time on Friends, specifically the famous and record breaking collective contract negotiations — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer all got together and united in 2002 to make sure they all made $1 million an episode!
When asked her thoughts on the their earnings, the co-creator said:
"A million dollars an episode, let's be honest, that's kinda ridiculous. That's a lot of money. It's inflated. And there's something unrealistic about it … If someday the cast says, ‘we're worth more than you're offering,' then we'll deal with it then. At this point, everybody's in and everybody's in wholeheartedly."
She also spoke about how the landscape of negotiations have changed since streaming has become a lot more popular. She said the trend of having shorter seasons on streaming services helps to keep prices of negotiations down going on to say:
"When an actor is doing 13 episodes, they have many weeks left that they can pursue movies and theater and other stuff. So I think that really helps people not feel like they have to get a car every time they do an episode."
LeBlanc had his own opinion on the matter a few months ago when asked, and he had a very logical explanation of the negotiation:
"Were we worth $1 million? To me, that's such a strange question. It's like, well, that's irrelevant. Are you worth it? How do you put a price on how funny something is? We were in a position to get it. If you're in a position in any job, no matter what the job is—if you're driving a milk truck or installing TVs or an upholsterer for a couch—if you're in a position to get a raise and you don't get it, you're stupid. You know what I mean? We were in a position and we were able to pull it off. ‘Worth it' has nothing to do with it."
Honestly, we can't blame him! Its not like we'd turn down that much money! LOLz!
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