Friends actress Sherri Shepherd reveals she wasn’t invited back after highlighting shows lack of diversity – The Sun

An actress who starred in the popular TV series Friends has revealed she wasn't invited back on the show after she highlighted it's lack of diversity.

Sherri Shepherd, who played museum tour guide Rhonda in one episode, apparently made a joke about the the sitcom getting some colour but it wasn't received very well.

Jawn Murray, a friend of Sherri, said on ABC News: "Sherri was one of the few black faces that was on Friends.

"Her, Aisha Tyler and Gabrielle Union. And Sherri was on Friends at a time that you sent out postcards to let people know, 'Hey, I'm going to be on TV'."

Jawn went on to claim that Sherri sent out a card saying: "Friends get a little colour."

"Well, [Sherri] also sent that postcard to [Friends co-creator] Marta [Kauffman], and she got the postcard and [Sherri] was never asked back on the show," Jawn added.

Friends creator Marta previously apologised about the lack of diversity on the show, and said: "I wish I knew then what I know today.

"Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would've made very different decisions.

"I mean we've always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn't do enough and now all I can think about is what can I do?"

She added: "What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way? And that's something I not only wish I knew when I started showrunning, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year."

Sherri confirmed on Twitter this week that Jawn's claims were true.

"Told @JawnMurray he could share my #Friends story on @ABCNewsLive & now it’s getting picked up everywhere!" the 53-year-old comedian tweeted on Wednesday.

Friends ran from 1994 until 2004 and featured Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer as the six main characters.

The cast are reuniting in August to film a reunion special for the much-loved television series.

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