Despite some fears that Friends would be leaving the streaming platform Netflix in the new year.
Rumours circulated on social media this week that the popular comedy series would no longer be available from January.
That has now been corrected after statements from Netflix have confirmed that the show will continue to be on the platform, and that Netflix will pay A LOT of money for the privilege.
According to the New York Times, ‘The company will pay around $100 million to continue licensing the program from its owner, WarnerMedia, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the deal.’
That would see a significant rise in the current fee per year, which is thought to be roughly $30 million a year.
Netflix followed up by telling audiences, ‘The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: ‘Friends’ will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019’.
The company hasn’t confirmed whether or not the same will be true of the UK version, but it would seem a safe bet given the popularity of the show across the pond here.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018