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'Friends' Creator Reveals the Alternate Ending That Almost Was



Fans of the hit show Friends have been binge-watching the show on Netflix while they still can and have been desperately holding out for any chance of a reunion. But what even some of the most die-hard fans of the show don't know was that one character almost had an alternate ending of their own.

That's right — one of the co-creators of the show recently revealed that one character's fate wasn't determined until the last minute, and they could've had a completely different goodbye.

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In the Friends alternate ending, Phoebe almost ended up with someone else.

Co-creator David Crane revealed in an interview with the U.K.'s RadioTimes that Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe Buffay, had a couple of different ways she could go out. While the ending of the show saw her living her happily-ever-after with musician Mike, David revealed that they also considered having her leave the show with her ex, David.

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According to David, he and the other creators believed that she could've ended up with either of them, and it would've made sense for her character.

“They’re both amazing actors. I mean, both Paul and Hank are fantastic, and fantastic with her. We sort of went back and forth,” he said. “I don’t even remember all the pieces that led to where we landed. But yeah, it could have gone the other way. Phoebe would have been great with either one.”

But the series ended in 2004 with Mike and Phoebe together, and it definitely suits her ending well.

But what about now? Are they still together, or did David get a second chance after the show ended?

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A potential reunion special could answer all of our questions. 

There have been talks of a Friends reunion basically since the show ended, but both the actors and the creators have shut down most of fan's hopes and dreams for such a special. Though, there still is a chance that there's one in the works to be released with HBO Max when the streaming service premieres, but the details of such a special are still really unclear.

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Jennifer Aniston has talked at length about the possibility of a reunion, and most recently she told People, "we're trying."

"I can say nothing. Honestly, I know nothing. And I will just continue with…we're trying. It's a never-ending question, isn't it?" she said. "What else could make a group of six actors feel more proud? It's bringing people joy on a daily basis."

But the show's creators have also talked about their hesitation of having a reunion — worried it would just disappoint fans.

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"The show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It's not that time anymore. All we'd be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone," Co-creator Marta Kauffman told Rolling Stone. "I don't know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint. 'The One Where Everyone's Disappointed.'"

However, it looks like the cast and crew are trying to make something work — what exactly, though, you'll have to wait and see. No contracts have been signed yet, and if the actors' schedules don't align, there's a chance the reunion will actually never happen.

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