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Netflix Gets Friends, Friends Cast Gets Richer

The stars of Friends are set to land a colossal payday after Netflix paid a reported $100million to air the classic sitcom for another year — with their earnings being boosted to almost $22million per year from the show alone.

Thanks to a back-end deal — which sees Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry get two per cent of profits — their syndication earnings have been padded by a further $1.4million.

Netflix had already been paying owners WarnerMedia $30million per year since 2015 to have the beloved series among its colossal catalogue, but fans were recently outraged when the show was set to expire from the streaming service on January 1.

However, within hours of the news breaking, the New York Times reported that bosses at Netflix had struck a new deal, which has proved to be decidedly lucrative for the already-minted stars.