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10 Things That Will SHOCK You About ‘FRIENDS’

It was the soundtrack of the 90s and 2000s and you couldn't turn on the telly without seeing an episode of FRIENDS!

You knew every line and every plot twist, so you can imagine our surprise when we came across these lesser known FRIENDS facts.

We thought we knew it all, but evidently not...

1 Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe! We don't think she's losing any sleep over it though, considering she has one of the best day time talk shows in history now!

2 EVERYONE knows the theme song "I'll Be There for You" by the American pop rock duo The Rembrandts. But it nearly didn't make the cut and "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M. was almost the theme song. Totally different show if that had happened!

3 The name of the pilot was Friends Like Us and producers also thought about using Six of One because the top brass at NBC thought FRIENDS was too boring. Shows what they know...

4 The idea of Monica and Chandler's relationship was floated in season three, but it only happened at the very end of season four. The show writers realised how important it was to get this couple right, and they needed that much time to make it perfect. We think they nailed it.

5 Before Monica and Chandler, it was supposed to be Monica and Joey.Nope we cant picture it either!

6 Courteney Cox was asked to play Rachel but when Cox asked could she read for the part of Monica it was clear to everyone that the part was made for her!

7 Phoebe was afraid of the duck!

8 The big white dog belonging to Joey and Chandler was actually a gift given to Jennifer Aniston. A friend gave it to her for good luck when the show started.

9 By the final season each cast member was getting paid $1,000,000 per episode.

10 In FRIENDS Monica plays Ross' younger sister but Courteney Cox is actually OLDER than David Schwimmer in real life!

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