Friends Producer Says Making Joey Grow Up In Spin-Off Was A "Huge Mistake"
By now you'll know world-famous Friends producer Kevin S. Bright came along to the amazing Friends Fest, Comedy Central's UK festival bringing Friends lovers together for tons of fun.
Bright got talking to fans and the press, spilling tons of cool secrets about the show. Speaking to Digital Spy, he admitted that spin-off show Joey (starring Matt LeBlanc) didn't resonate as much as the hit show that made the actor's name, probably because "it didn't have the same tone".
Bright went on: "It didn't allow Matt to have this carefree kind of lifestyle, and it tried to make Joey grow up – and I think that was a huge mistake".
'Joey' was of course axed during Season 2, with 8 episodes not making it to air.
Bright continued: "Joey, in my mind, should have been a kid for life, until he found the right woman that was willing to take care of this kid – and accept him as who he was."
"I think the transformation of Joey into a guy who doesn't know how to get a date, who doesn't have any friends – I think that made the audience go away."
Bright added that there was "a tremendous amount of pressure for the show to succeed on a Friends level", and compared with today's rating for other hit shows, it was still a big success.
"If the show was on today, I'd bet you we're in the Top 10... with the ratings that we were cancelled with at that time!" he said.
"But yes, [looking back], I would have definitely done it differently."
We agree - we adore Joey and would have him back on our screens ANY. TIME.
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