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Saying Goodbye to Friends

04/08/2004 at 01:00 PM EDT

Saying Goodbye to Friends
The final shoot put the Friends back where it all began: the couch at Central Perk.

Lisa Kudrow

I never felt like Friends was an 8 p.m. show. It is sexually open. With some of that material, I'm still shocked when a 7-year-old girl comes up to me and says, "I love your show."

Everyone's comedic sensibilities just work really well together. You can really see it when you go off and work on something else. You notice how different it is.

We kept each other in check so no one's ego could get too inflated. Everyone at different points gets credit for that. ... Courteney was the one who said, "Look, we've got to help each other make this as funny as possible." ... She kept reminding us that it's an ensemble. ... Then, when it came to our famous negotiations as a group, that was David Schwimmer. He was the first person who said what the truth is – that any one of us or two of us could get more than the others, but that it's more important that there's no resentment and we all make the exact same amount.

We learned a lot from [the backlash in the second season]. That's where I give Jennifer credit, because hers was the voice I remember most clearly when Warner Bros. asked us to do the Diet Coke commercials. She said, "It's too much." ... And we could have listened to her. But we didn't. ... She turned out to be right. What we did learn eventually was that less is more.

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