For 10 seasons, Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay on Friends. The role was a pretty cushy one in terms of TV projects, considering the length of the show's run and the salary she and the rest of the main cast were commanding later during the the NBC comedy's overall tenure. Regardless, things weren't always an A+ on set. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Lisa Kudrow revealed that one nameless guest star on the set had one particularly horrendous thing to say to the actress. Here's what went down:
The worst behavior just off the top of my head? I rehearsed without makeup most of the week and then on show night I'm in hair and makeup and I was told, 'Oh wow, now you're'--can I say it? 'Now you're fuckable.' That's bad behavior, I say.
Unfortunately, Lisa Kudrow isn't super gossipy, or at least she's not willing to admit who the guest star was who was on his worst behavior. She did tell Andy Cohen and fellow Watch What Happens Live guest Jennifer Beals that she immediately went and confided in Matt LeBlanc when the bad moment with the guest star occurred, but when Andy Cohen asked if she had retaliated, she said bringing up the gross comment to LeBlanc was about as far as things got.
There's a certain percentage of people out there who would think this sort of comment is acceptable in a professional setting, which is assumedly why the mystery guest star made the comment in the first place. Still, just as a general rule, it's never great to refer to a woman's appearance as "fuckable" in the workplace, unless you are pumped about having to deal with human resources. It seems like Lisa Kudrow just brushed the comment off in this case, but that doesn't make it any less weird.
The good news? Lisa Kudrow often had a great time on the set of Friends. She's talked in the past about how important she felt when she was able to bring laughs to TV after 9/11 and she's mentioned funny stories about bringing her dog to the set and more. She's not the only star from the show who clearly remembers Friends as a great time. It's clear the cast laughed and often had a good time on set, even if occasionally some of them had to deal with obnoxious guest stars.
As Lisa Kudrow recently said and Friends creater Marta Kauffman has repeated over and over in recent years, a Friends TV reunion is unlikely to ever happen, but at least we are still getting these intriguing behind-the-scenes tidbits. NBC may no longer be able to fall back on great Friends ratings, but the network isn't doing too shabby this year. To find out what comedies and other shows NBC has renewed for next year, take a look at our network rundown.