Friends fans were thrown for a loop after a rumor that Netflix is dropping the hit NBC sitcom.
News that Friends is leaving the streaming giant at the end of 2018 sent the series’ fans into overdrive, many of them taking to social media to voice their disappointment and heartbreak.
According to NBC News, the rumors were believed to be true since it has been unclear how much longer the show will remain on Netflix, given that WarnerMedia that owns the rights to Friends, is planning to launch its own streaming service next year.
The streaming service was quick to respond to the hysteria, assuring fans that Friends is here to stay. The service confirmed the good news via its official Twitter, writing “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.”
Sources differ on the price tag that Netflix paid to keep the ’90s-era sitcom next year. Even Jennifer Aniston said she’s blown away by the series’ immense popularity, one that would prompt Netflix big money to keep it.
“I find it amazing that it’s continued to have such love and such an audience and such an appetite for it,” Aniston told The Associated Press at the premiere of her Netflix film Dumplin. “I think it says a lot about the show. Especially since it takes place at a time where it’s so different from now. You know, people actually spoke to each other and hung out with each other and talked,” she added.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018