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Friends cast still earn millions from show each year – despite it ending in 2004

"I'll be there for you…"

It seems like the lyrics of the theme song from Friends remain very apt as the show is most certainly still there for its six leading cast members.

Despite ending 25 years ago, the beloved sitcom is still providing Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox , Lisa Kudrow,Matthew Perry,David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc with a hefty income each year.

And that's on top of the millions they had already made during the popular programme's run from 1994 to 2004.

According to USA Today , every year the stars all receive two percent of the syndication revenue the show makes.


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So how much are they raking in?

A guide at the Warner Bros. Studio tour revealed that Friends brings in a whopping $1billion each year for the network, which means each cast member is given a paycheck of around $20million (£15,641,300) annually.

But the large sum Friends continues to make in syndication should surprise no one, with the show still being one of the most popular around, 16 years after its final episode.

And with confirmation that a Friends reunion will take place later this year, it seems the cast are going to be making even more money off the show.

According to Variety, the six stars of the show will receive at least $2.5 million (£1,918,060) for featuring in the special episode.


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Since the finale in 2004, rumours of a potential reunion have been rife and now it seems our prayers have finally been answered.

On February 21, all six of the original stars shared a photo from the show and simply wrote "It's happening" before tagging their other cast members.

The reunion, an unscripted special, will stream on US streaming service HBO Max, which is due to be released in May.

It's not clear which UK channel will air the special, though the sitcom originally aired on Channel 4.

Levin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max said: "Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library.

"I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.

"It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

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