Meanwhile, fans of the show went into full freak-out mode over the weekend when someone spotted a note on the show's Netflix page that said it would be leaving the service on January 1st. To that end, it is wrapping up its lucrative licensing deal with Netflix in order to make its Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Disney Animation titles (as well as all kinds of original content) only available on one streaming product: Disney's.
Netflix later confirmed the show will be on Netflix through 2019. And in the meantime, it's reportedly squeezing $100 million out of Netflix to allow the company to have Friends for one last exclusive year, in 2019. That means fans have only a few more weeks - until New Year's Eve at 11:59pm, to be precise - to binge-watch all 236 episodes of Friends before it's yanked from Netflix's catalogue of shows. Netflix didn't use to be in such fierce competition with companies like Warner Bros. and Disney, but it is now.
The subscription service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter that word of the show's removal was "a rumor", raising the possibility that expiration notices were being posted in error. TV, who produced the massively successful sitcom, did respond to THR, while a Netflix spokesperson declined to comment.
UPDATE 3:45 P.M. ET: Looks like Friends isn't leaving Netflix on January 1 after all. Seriously, all the teens love Friends, they think it's "quaint".
The Warner Bros. produced comedy will be leaving the streaming service when the year turns over on January 1, 2019, according to the show's page on Netflix, which is exactly four years to the date when the former NBC comedy was originally made available. It's possible that "glitch" was a premature sign of things to come.