Friends star Lisa Kudrow says her TV contemporary Jerry Seinfeld wasn’t exactly modest during one of their interactions back in the ’90s. The actress, who starred as Phoebe Buffay in the NBC sitcom, reflected on a moment earlier in her career when Seinfeld, then the star of his own comedy, took credit for her show’s success.
Kudrow told The Daily Beast she had been at a party with Seinfeld when the comedian simply told her, “you’re welcome” when she greeted him.
“I remember going to some party and Jerry Seinfeld was there, and I said, ‘Hi,’ and he said, ‘You’re welcome.’ I said, ‘Why, thank you… what?’” Kudrow recalled. “And he said, ‘You’re on after us in the summer, and you’re welcome.’ And I said, ‘That’s exactly right. Thank you.’”
Kudrow did give Seinfeld some credit for boosting the ratings of Friends, telling The Daily Beast, “Not to take anything away from the writing on Friends, or the cast, or how good Friends really was, but the first season our ratings were just fine.”
She continued, “We held onto enough of Mad About You and starting building, but it was in the summer when we were in reruns after Seinfeld, where Seinfeld was our lead-in, where we exploded.”
Friends came years after Seinfeld, which first premiered in 1989 and ran until 1998. Kudrow’s show, which debuted in 1994, went on to have a decade-long run before ending for good in 2004.
Long after it wrapped, Friends continued to attract new fans and keep old ones, but Kudrow insisted to The Daily Beast that the possibility of new Friends content is slim. After the cast gathered for a reunion last year, Kudrow said any future projects, like a full feature film, are unlikely.
While creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane “would be approached” about creating a Friends movie, Kudrow said she and her costars “never” were, and “none of us would think of moving without [Kauffman and Crane]. But they always thought, ‘No, no. Here’s what we did. This is what we had for you.’”