How much the cast of Friends makes from reruns
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How much the cast of Friends makes from reruns
Friends may have ended in 2004, but the show remains popular and binge-worthy to this day.
As a result of the continued support from fans, the cast continues to make significant profits from their iconic roles, even after giving up their regular spots at the Central Perk.
While some episodes and themes of the show may not have aged well, that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros from earning $1bn a year from syndication revenue, according to USA Today.
For the six main cast members, who earn two per cent of the show’s syndication revenue, it means an annual income of $20m each – just from reruns.
When Friends first aired, each cast member was paid $22,500 per episode, according to MarketPlace.
However, by the third season, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were reportedly making $100,000 per episode.
By season nine, the cast had negotiated a salary of $1m each per episode, a deal that was, at the time, the largest-ever for a 30-minute television show.
During negotiations two years prior, it had been decided that the cast would receive syndication profits – a benefit that had previously only been offered to stars who had ownership rights in a show, according to The New York Times.
And despite it being over 15 years since the last episode aired, it seems likely that the six main cast members will continue to profit from the sitcom – as Netflix proved Friends is still an extremely desirable commodity when it paid a reported $80m to Warner Bros to keep the show on the streaming service through 2019.
By Chelsea Ritschel.
Scottish Singer, Aged 22, Wants Over-40s To Be Banned From Nightclubs
Michael Gove has made headlines once again, but not over Brexit claims or PPE contracts. This time the cabinet minister was spotted raving in an Aberdeen nightclub at 2am over the Bank Holiday weekend. Wearing a suit, no less.
The clip, which shows Gove alone on the dance floor – arms aloft, flailing wildly, out of time with the music – sparked a social media frenzy that culminated in a debate on Good Morning Britain: should over-40s be banned from nightclubs?
Speaking to show hosts Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins, 22-year-old Scottish singer Tallia Storm said that older people should leave club nights to “us youngsters”.
“I love that, the thought of seeing everybody live their best lives I’m here for it,” she said. “But I’m 22-years-old, I’m only just coming into my prime. I do not want to walk into the club and see my dad, see my dad’s friends, or even my granddad cutting some shapes.
“And I’m just not sure what we have in common. You know, do they like Tion Wayne? Do they like Central Cee? I’m not sure if they’d even be able to relate to, you know, Top Hits UK right now.
“So I think [I’m] all up for cutting some shapes but I think the £5 entry fee, the £2 shots, they can be left to us youngsters and you guys have many more options to head to.”
Later in the interview, Storm suggests that there should be a “separate place” for the older crowd to “cut some shapes”.
“Speaking from my own experience, the 50 year olds and 60 year olds, they’re not there to dance,” she added. “From my own experience, it’s kind of cringey, it’s kind of creepy, they’re judging, they’re staring at me and I just want to have some fun.”
Speaking on the show, DJ Tony Blackburn, 78, said that while he understands why Storm wouldn’t want to see her dad in the nightclub, the notion of banning over-40s was “obviously ridiculous” and Michael Gove was just “having fun”.
“If you took this to extreme and ban people over the age of 40 from being in a club, how about those people in Ibiza, all the DJs there, they’re all over 40,” he said. “Would you stop them performing? It’s ridiculous.
“I was 60 when I first went to Ibiza and when I’d done my set I went to a club that played trance music and I loved it. I don’t see why it should be that you’re over 40 and you can’t go to a club, it’s obviously ridiculous.”
By Annie Hayes
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
- “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Happiness is…chilling in the Night Clubs at 72 years old!
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“If God had written the Bible, the first line should have been ‘It’s round.’” – Eddie Izzard.
Love is…when it’s cool being Mr & Mrs.
A time to binge watch Friends…And time to binge watch Friends yet again, one more time.
1914 W. C. Handy “Father of the Blues” publishes his most famous composition “St Louis Blues”.
1942 Enid Blyton publishes “Five on a Treasure Island” first of her “Famous Five” children’s novels, start of one of the best-selling children’s series ever with over 100 million sold.
1977 The Atari 2600, originally known as the Atari Video Computer System (Atari VCS) is released in North America, revolutionizing the video game industry.
2001 September 11 Attacks in the United States 9/11.
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