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Each member of ‘Friends’ cast makes $20M every year due to reruns

FILE - In this May 5, 2002 file photo, the cast members, Matthew Perry, from left, Courteney Cox Arquettte, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc of the television show "Friends," arrive at New York's Rockefeller Center for NBC's 75th Anniversary event. Netflix will still be there for fans of the old TV series "Friends," but maintaining the relationship will come at a steep price. The New York Times reported that Netflix paid $100 million to keep showing "Friends" on its U.S. service through 2019. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The cast of “Friends” still makes a pretty penny even though the show ended back in 2004.

A new report from Market Place says the cast started receiving the show’s syndication profits once the show ended in 2004. The cast received the rights to these profits after seasons 9 and 10 of the show, which is when they started earning $1 million per episode.

All six cast members — Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry — receive 2 percent of the syndication income, which is about $20 million for each person per year, USA Today reports.

The show brings in about $1 billion per year for Warner Bros.

That’s right. Each cast member receives $20 million per year, all because of “Friends.”

“No wonder the cast, especially LeBlanc … has been resistant to reuniting at Central Perk: they don’t need the money. Except maybe Gunther. Poor Gunther,” according to Uproxx.

Flashback: Back in December, Netflix reportedly paid $100 million to Warner Media to keep the licensing agreement between the two companies, which allowed Netflix to keep “Friends” on its streaming service until the end of next year, according to The New York Times.

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