Marta Kauffman has regrets over choices she made on ‘Pals’ whereas show-running the hit NBC sitcom. Throughout a digital panel at ATX TV Pageant, Marta admitted that she ‘didn’t do sufficient’ to advertise variety on the present.

Marta Kauffman turned emotional whereas reflecting on the shortage of variety on her hit NBC sitcom, Pals. The present, which ran from 1994 to 2004, starred an all white solid together with, Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa KudrowMatt LeBlancMatthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The author/producer, 63, who co-created the sitcom with David Crane, defined why she feels regretful over not diversifying the sequence whereas talking throughout day three of ATX TV’s digital competition.

“I want I knew then what I do know at present,” Marta mentioned, earlier than apologizing for getting emotional. “Sorry. I simply want I knew then what I do know now. I’d’ve made very totally different choices.”

She continued, “I imply we’ve at all times inspired folks of variety in our firm, however I didn’t do sufficient. And now all I can take into consideration is what can I do? What can I do in a different way? How can I run my present in a brand new method?” Marta requested. “And that’s one thing I not solely want I knew after I began show-running, however I want I knew all the best way up by final yr.”


The solid of ‘Pals.’ (Photograph credit score: Shutterstock) 

Marta opened up about her regrets on the present after many followers identified the shortage of black actors on Pals. The dialog got here at a time of nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice in wake of the demise of George Floyd, 46. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being restrained by former disgraced police officer Derek Chauvin throughout an arrest in Minneapolis on Could 25. Chauvin was formally charged within the demise of Floyd on Could 29.

The solid of the Pals is ready to reunite for an unscripted particular on HBO Max, the brand new streaming service that’s at present airing the present. It was beforehand streamed on Netflix. Marta divulged her very best Pals reunion plans when she was hit with questions by reporters on the Producers Guild Awards in January. On the time, a Pals reunion on HBO Max hadn’t been confirmed.

“The six of them collectively reflecting, speaking about their experiences, and the episodes … I’m completely behind it. Nothing scripted,” she declared, noting, “We won’t do something scripted.”

Marta is at present overseeing Netflix’s Grace and Frankie sequence, which she co-created in 2015. She is a author, govt producer and director on the sequence.