If you like to fall asleep to Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and Joey on Netflix, you better get your fill now. Based on a new statement from WarnerMedia chief creative officer Kevin Reilly, Friends will likely leaving Netflix for WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service at some point in the future.
According to TVLine, Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Feb. 11, “You can expect the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on the new service.” This seemed to be his way of hinting at shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory will eventually make their final bow on Netflix.
If you’re hoping Reilly will share the highly-adored sitcoms, don’t hold your breath. As he stated, “Sharing destination assets is not a good model. My belief is they should be exclusive to the service.”
TVLine also reported that WarnerMedia’s currently unnamed streaming service could potentially house certain CW shows that are on Netflix, including The Flash, Arrow and Riverdale. Regarding these CW series, Reilly stated that “we’re very interested in putting that on our platform.”
Friends first landed on Netflix in 2015 and this isn’t the first time there have been reports the NBC comedy would depart the streaming service. In December 2018, fans became outraged (a Change.org petition was even created) in hearing that Friends might exit Netflix beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
Despite the many emotions and confusion, Netflix announced via Twitter on Dec. 3, 2018, “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: ‘Friends’ will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.”
Whew! Crisis averted, or so fans thought. As you can imagine regarding the latest news about Friends, fans are once again having strong emotions to what sounds like a very strong possibility of the beloved comedy’s departure. You can check out just a few reactions below, including how many people just can’t afford more than two streaming services and how some hope Gilmore Girls doesn’t leave, either.
The only good news is at least people can catch Friends reruns on actual television, since it’s in syndication, right? Who knows what will happen regarding Friends and its streaming future, but until then, fans can enjoy their favorite Central Perk gang on Netflix — for right now.
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