Friends reunion: How much does the cast of Friends make in royalties?

Friends reunion: How much does the cast of Friends make in royalties?


The cast are back for the reunion – but how much do they earn a year? (Picture: NBC via Getty Images)It’s just about the biggest show of all time, and it’s no surprise that the cast of Friends are still earning huge amounts for starring in the sitcom.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer won over countless fans all over the world while starring on the programme from 1994 to 2004.
It’s been 17 years since the sitcom ended, but that hasn’t stopped the stars making money from royalties. 
While the fees are now well into the millions, it didn’t always start off that way for the cast. 
The stars went on to become some of the highest-paid actors on TV, but they started earning a relatively conservative (£16,000) $22,500 per episode in season one. 
By the end of the series, though, that fee had skyrocketed. By the final 10th season, they were all earning £709,000 ($1million) per episode.
As AP reports, the six stars were also paid £1.7million ($2.5million) for the reunion special.
But what do they still make from royalties on the show? 
How much do the cast of Friends still make from royalties?

The stars of the show are back together for the reunion (Picture: Warner Bros)While concrete figures have yet to be confirmed over more recent years, a 2015 report from USA Today claimed that each of the cast members make an incredible (£14.2million) $20million each year. 
Could we BE any more jealous? 
According to the report, that figure represents 2% of the overall syndication earnings, with Warner Bros. thought to earn around (£708million) $1billion each year from the show.

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Meanwhile, new special Friends: The Reunion takes a nostalgic looks back at the massively popular sitcom 17 years after it ended.
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It sees the actors reflecting on their time on Friends, as well as a huge list of celebrity fans sharing their experiences with the show.
Maggie Wheeler (Janice), James Michael Tyler (Gunther), Reese Witherspoon (Jill), and Tom Selleck (Richard) also appear, but many fans are upset by the absence of Paul Rudd, who played Phoebe’s husband Mike in the show.
Friends: The Reunion is available to stream on NOW from May 27 and will air on Sky One at 8pm.
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