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Lisa Kudrow Addresses Friends’ Lack of Diversity: ‘You Write What You Know’

Lisa Kudrow has addressed the lack of diversity in friends in a new interview.

Kudrow, 59, portrayed the character of Phoebe Buffay on the hit sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004, about a group of six friends navigating life and love in New York City.

Despite its overwhelming success friends has been repeatedly called out for its predominantly white cast, with people of color appearing in significantly smaller roles – if at all.

In conversation with The daily beastreleased on August 10, Kudrow spoke about why friends Co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane had “no right” to write about People of Color given their own experiences.

When asked about Kauffman’s recent $4 million donation to fund an endowed chair in her alma mater Brandeis University’s department of African and African American Studies, Kudrow said, “Well, I have a feeling it was a show, run by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college.

“And especially for shows, if it’s going to be character-driven comedy, you write what you know,” she continued, adding, “They have nothing to do with writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color .”

Back then, Kudrow said, “the big problem I saw was, ‘Where’s the education?'”

In addition to her donation, Kauffman has also previously expressed her “embarrassment” that she “didn’t know any better 25 years ago” — regarding diversity friendswhich has remained a cultural phenomenon in the years since the finale aired.

She told that Los Angeles Times: “It took me a long time to understand how I internalized systemic racism.

“I’ve worked really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. and [the fund] seemed like a way to engage in the conversation from a white woman’s perspective.”

Elsewhere, in her interview with The daily beastKudrow recalled Jerry Seinfeld, who was responsible for the success of the sitcom, which aired on NBC the night after crazy about you

“In the first season, our ratings were fine,” explained Kudrow, adding, “We kept enough of them crazy about you and started building.”

But only when friends Reruns aired thereafter His field that the show “blew up,” Kudrow admitted.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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