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Why the ‘Friends’ Universe Is Raging Right Now

Dec 3, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Fans of the long-running NBC sitcom “Friends” are going nuts after word surfaced over the weekend — apparently in error — that the show would be leaving Netflix effective Jan. 1.

“Judging by fans’ angry Twitter reactions, Netflix quietly snuck ‘Friends‘’ expiration date onto its landing page sometime this weekend,” Decider reported. “The Internet immediately went off, and many fans began insisting that it was time to cancel their subscriptions.”

One user was quoted writing: “FRIENDS IS LEAVING NETFLIX??? First One Tree Hill then HIMYM and now THIS that’s subscription CANCELLED. Added another: “2019 is already trash with Friends leaving Netflix.”

Still another pointed the finger at Netflix, writing: “You guys are the worst.”

However, Decider later updated its story in response to a report by The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed suggesting that Netflix may have had a change of heart.

THR quotes Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos saying the show’s “departure is a rumor.” More to the point, perhaps, is the observation that the show’s expiration date was taken off the “Friends” landing page at Netflix.

Subsequent media reports indicated “Friends” has been extended by Netflix through the end of 2019.

Decider notes that fans had advance warning that “Friends'” remaining days on Netflix might be numbered.

“In October, Warner announced that they will be launching their own streaming platform in late 2019, and many analysts expected ‘Friends’ — a Warner Bros. TV property — to be among the first series to hit the platform’s back catalogue,” the story reports.

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