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