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Erika Alexander from 'Living Single' Slams David Schwimmer for 'Friends' Reboot with All-Black Cast Idea & He Responds

Monica Otayza
Jan 31, 2020
07:05 A.M.

Erika Alexander called out David Schwimmer for his remark that there should be an "all-black" or "all-Asian" reboot of the hit show "Friends," and David made sure to respond respectfully.


"Living Single" was a huge part of Erika Alexander's life, and she took offense to an interview of "Friends" star David Schwimmer where he said that there should be an "all-black" or "all-Asian" reboot of the popular series.

Erika Alexander attends the 42nd NAACP Image Awards | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Erika Alexander attends the 42nd NAACP Image Awards | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


Placing a link to the interview on her Twitter account, she tagged both David Schwimmer and the official account of the "Friends" franchise, asking if they've never heard of "Living Single," which she claims "invented the template" for such a show.

"Living Single" aired from 1993 to 1998, while "Friends" followed suit and aired for ten years from 1994 to 2004.



Acknowledging that interview quotes are often taken out of context and are repurposed to fit a narrative, David Schwimmer responded to Erika's Tweet with a long explanation as to why he meant no disrespect.

Cast members of "Friends" are questioned time and time again about a possible reboot, and although they aren't exactly in the position to answer such a question, they still do.




That is why when the topic of diversity on the show and a possible reboot, Schwimmer suggested ways on how the show could be "tweaked," which included his suggestion of an "all-black" or "all-Asian" cast.

"I didn't mean to imply 'Living Single' hadn't existed or indeed hadn't come before 'Friends," which I knew it had. Please remember in an nterview, quotes are often pieced together and taken out of context."



Towards the end of his statement, Schwimmer acknowledged that he was a fan of "Living Single," and he didn't try to discredit the show by saying that "Friends" came first, as that wasn't the case at all.

"Living Single" aired from 1993 to 1998, while "Friends" followed suit and aired for ten years from 1994 to 2004. Knowing this fact, he concluded by saying that everyone is "indebted" to "Living Single" for paving the way for "Friends."



David Schwimmer's controversial statement came after he shut down a "Friends" reunion idea with all its previous cast members, saying this might be far-fetched because of everyone's "career trajectories."


Schwimmer, who starred as "Ross Geller," also wishes not to disrupt what they felt was a perfect way to end the series back in 2004.

"I think everyone feels the same way: why mess with what feels like the best way to end the series?"

Along with Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry starred as the main cast members, and they remain good friends up until today.

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