Matt LeBlanc Liked the ‘Friends’ Monkey Way More Than David Schwimmer Did (Video)

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“Man With a Plan” star Matt LeBlanc is a man of the people — and of the monkeys. The “Friends” alum told Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday that he liked that classic NBC sitcom’s marsupial, Marcel, way more than David Schwimmer did.

“I liked the monkey,” LeBlanc said. “I like animals. The monkey was really cool.”

“Schwimmer, not so much,” he added.

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“It’s just because he’s the one who had to work with it the most. He was like, ‘Again with the monkey?’” LeBlanc explained of co-star Schwimmer’s feelings towards Marcel. “But I got along great with the monkey.”

LeBlanc told Kimmel that while the monkey in the show was a boy monkey named Marcel, in real life it was a girl monkey named Katie. The guy who recently left BBC’s “Top Gear” then shared the story of the one time Marcel/Katie escaped while on set. The white-headed capuchin climbed “60 feet” to the ceiling, and “just disappears into the blackness of the stage,” per LeBlanc’s retelling.

The actor being Joey Tribbiani said it took “half an hour” and a bunch of mealworms to coax her back down. Yes, capuchin monkeys eat that sort of gross stuff.

Watch him tell the stories via the video above.

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Earlier in LeBlanc’s visit to the ABC late-night show, he and Kimmel joked about Hollywood’s big story of the day — the college admissions cheating scandal.

Watch their brief exchange on that top at the very end of the below video — the laugh is worth sticking around for.



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After 16 days, each feeling longer than the last, the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour is finally, mercifully over.

And no, we did not get a “Game of Thrones” Season 8 trailer.

But still, we learned a lot, we ate a lot, we drank an undisclosed amount. Find our 13 top takeaways from the biannual media event below.

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David Spade Is the New Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper, etc.
“Saturday Night Live” and “Just Shoot Me” alum David Spade will get the latest crack at cracking Comedy Central’s 11:30 p.m. slot, the one behind the Viacom cable channel’s flagship series, “The Daily Show.” Spade promised no politics on his show, so expect a more grown-up version of his old “Hollywood Minute” segment on “Weekend Update.” That might not be a bad thing.

The hope is that Spade can do what Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper and really any other filler material has not been able to pull off since “The Colbert Report” — get decent TV ratings, and stick around.

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Say Goodbye to “Friends” (for Real This Time, Probably), Netflix Users
“Friends” fans were whipped into a frenzy in late 2018 when it seemed the old NBC Must-See TV staple was leaving Netflix. The gigantically rich streaming giant opened its wallet real wide to keep Joey, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler around.

But with the WarnerMedia streaming service on its way, that was likely to be a short-term fix. Though we were previously told that the two SVOD services might play nice and share the valuable rights, Turner boss Kevin Reilly updated us that he’s not feeling as charitable.

And yes, “charitable” is a funny word considering the $100 million price tag.

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“Handmaid’s Tale” Gets Season 3 Premiere Date, Which Definitely Has Nothing to Do With “Game of Thrones”
Good news/bad news: We finally know when “Handmaid’s Tale” will return for Season 3, but fans are going to have to wait a while.

The next installment of “Handmaid’s” will debut with three episodes on June 5. That misses the Emmys eligibility window for this season, meaning the Elisabeth Moss drama will never have to contend with “Game of Thrones” in that race again. Of course, the two have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Hulu boss Craig Erwich insisted.

“No, um, it doesn’t,” Erwich told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, when asked if the return of “GoT” was affecting the return of “Handmaid’s Tale.” “You’re gonna watch the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ as well,” he added. “It simply was, we wanted to give the show as much time as possible to maintain the quality that it has. I can tell you, and I think [creator] Bruce [Miller] and [executive producer] Warren [Littlefield] will come out, maybe at a later date, I’ve had the chance to see the first two episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and it’s spectacular.”

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Where We at With “Westworld” Season 3?
It’s been nearly a year since the second season of “Westworld” premiered on HBO, and the cabler clearly isn’t rushing to push out a third.

Luckily for those fans eagerly awaiting answers, there has been progress on Season 3. HBO programming boss Casey Bloys told TheWrap that the show is scheduled to resume shooting the new season in March. However, Bloys said there’s no definitive time frame for when the season will air, indicating that fans might have to wait until 2020.

Young William himself Jimmi Simpson was unable to provide any clearer picture, saying that his character will be “less of a focus” in the new season. So much less of a focus, in fact, that he hasn’t even been asked back for the new episodes.

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And “The Nevers,” for That Matter?
Sorry, not a ton to report here.

“We just started. [Joss] has been writing. It’s very exciting. He’s great to work with,” Bloys told TheWrap. “We’ve just started talking about names, starting auditions, things like that. So we’re just starting.”

Maybe summer tour.

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When Are We Getting a Freakin’ “Game of Thrones” Trailer?
Who knows? Well, Casey definitely does.

“All in the works. I can’t reveal the dates,” Bloys told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. “I’ve seen a cut. I don’t know if I’ve seen a finished one.”

The exec also weighed in on the Bud Light-“Game of Thrones” crossover ad during the Super Bowl, the status of George R. R. Martin’s prequel pilot and just exactly how much “Game of Thrones” fans have left.

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How Far Off-Book Will “Big Little Lies” Go?
When asked if a third season was in the cards, showrunner David E. Kelley told reporters there was “no such plan” in place. “We like where our closure is at the end of Season 2,” Kelley said.

Notably, Kelley and co. have said as much before, and reversed course. Originally intended as a one-off miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, HBO ultimately renewed “Big Little Lies” for a second go in late 2017 after the first season became a hit with both viewers and Emmy voters.

We’re way past the book by now.

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Is There a Future for “Lethal Weapon”?
Depends on who you ask. We asked new Fox chief Charlie Collier, who said he believes the chemistry between newcomer Seann William Scott and the show’s elder statesman Damon Wayans has “hit its stride.” Collier says he is “encouraged” by that.

Enough for a Season 4? You know, one without Wayans, who said last fall he was quitting the series in December. (But then Fox went and ordered three more episodes for the currently airing season, all of which include Wayans, and the actor hasn’t made a public statement about his future with the show since.)

“We’d all have to retrench and, again, I love what he brings to the screen, so what I’m looking at is what the two of them are doing that is pretty magical,” Collier said of the post-Clayne Crawford era. “And I think if — I wasn’t here, but if you read way back when, I think people will be really pleasantly surprised with where they’ve brought the show.”

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How About “The Conners”?
New ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke says the network is “close” on a deal to bring back “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” for a second season.

No surprise here, as the saved and transformed sitcom was a success. Not a “Roseanne” revival success, but still.

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Say Goodbye to “Modern Family”
“Modern Family” has long been the crown jewel of ABC’s comedy line-up, once both a commercial hit and an awards darling. But the aged show is finally set to come to an end, as ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced during her presentation that the upcoming 11th season would serve as show’s final bow.

“In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss,” Burke said, calling the 22-time Emmy winning series “one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history.”

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How Will Network Heads Respond to Netflix’s Viewership Data? (Spoiler: Not Well)
“Peak TV” leader John Landgraf took some Nielsen data-backed jabs at Netflix’s new pattern of randomly releasing its viewership numbers on Twitter, which he says are not “remotely accurate.”

Below is a small taste of Landgraf’s wrath, but you should really read the whole thing here.

“Netflix is not telling you the whole story because the numbers they issue do not follow the universally-understood television metric, the one you and prior generations of reporters have been using through their whole careers, which is average audience,” Landgraf told a room full of reporters during his FX executive session. “Many Silicon Valley companies have long used various metrics based on video use or video starts which inflates their perceived usage and is not a remotely accurate representation of a long-form program’s performance.”

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“Good Omens” for Amazon and Benedict Cumberbatch in May
Neil Gaiman’s long-gestating adaptation of his own book “Good Omens” is finally set to see the light of day. Along with a preview of the opening credits sequence, Amazon announced during its presentation that the series, based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel of the same name, would hit the streaming platform on May 31.

Gaiman also revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the already stacked cast for the six-episode adaptation as a “400-foot high” CGI version of Satan. He’ll go toe-to-toe with the Voice of God, voiced by Frances McDormand, in the series, which also stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Jon Hamm.

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Let’s Get Some “Picard” Deets, Please
CBS All Access and Alex Kurtzman lured “Star Trek” legend Patrick Stewart back to the sci-fi franchise last year after more than two decades, but details about the Jean-Luc Picard series remain scant.

Kurtzman — the overseer of CBS’s burgeoning “Star Trek” universe, including the ongoing “Star Trek: Discovery,” the standalone “Short Treks,” the upcoming animated series “Lower Decks” and a potential Michelle Yeoh-centric “Discovery” spinoff — was only able to offer a few hints about the “Next Generation” follow-up, saying only that the long gap between shows would factor in.

“It’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters. “The question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life?”

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Turner Boss Kevin Reilly Doesn’t Want WarnerMedia to Share ‘Friends’ With Netflix

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Will “Friends” remain on Netflix after 2019? Probably not, if Turner chief Kevin Reilly has anything to say about it.

When asked by a reporter during the Television Critics Association press tour if the plan is to pull Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe “completely off of” the rival streamer and put it exclusively on the upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product, or if he’s open to a “multi-share, multi-window thing,” he said he’d rather not let Netflix have it too — in a very roundabout way.

“I think you can expect that, uh, kind of the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on the service,” Reilly said. “So pulling it, pulling it away [sic] — but it certainly is something that we’re going to be looking to do. And I think for the most part sharing destination assets like that, it is not a good model to share them. My belief is that they should be exclusive to the service.”

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Last Dec. 3 was a rollercoaster ride for “Friends” fans, as it initially appeared that the classic NBC comedy would be removed from Netflix on Jan. 1. Later that same day, the streaming giant quelled subscribers’ fears, announcing that “Friends” will stick around through 2019.

Just one day later, AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said the upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product would also likely house the must-see TV show, during the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. But he didn’t say anything about that platform being the only one to house it.

“That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said at the time. “Well, [Netflix] re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means ‘Friends’ could go on to our platform as well.”

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“That’s content that we would definitely want on our platform, and it’s obviously very important to Netflix as well,” Stephenson tacked on to the “Friends” conversation a few minutes later. “So, it’s kind of a logical situation. Is it necessary that it be exclusive to WarnerMedia on their product? No, it’s not necessary — it’s just important that we have the content.”

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Matt LeBlanc Was So Poor Before ‘Friends’ He Had to File Down His Own Tooth (Video)

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Joey Tribbiani was a down-on-his-luck actor at several points during “Friends” and so was Matt LeBlanc — before he landed his defining role.

In fact, LeBlanc was so poor before he became Joey that the actor said that he only had $11 to his name when he got the call that would change his life forever.

And that low bank balance was not for lack of trying, as LeBlanc was pinching pennies any way he could while auditioning, which included doing his own dental work. No, this is not something dumb that Joey did in an old episode that you may have missed.

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LeBlanc told host Conan O’Brien during Thursday’s “Conan” that when he went to get his first ever headshot, the photographer told him one of his teeth was a little longer than the others and he might want to get it filed down before they took the pricey pics.

So he went to a phone booth (“this is back when there were phone booths”) and found a dentist who told him he could do it for him for $80 since he didn’t have insurance.

“80 bucks?!?! Lemme see the file,” LeBlanc said, reenacting the experience for O’Brien. “So I go to the drugstore and buy like a three pack of emery boards,” he continued, laughing.

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Yes, he did in fact file down his own tooth.

“I’m very frugal,” LeBlanc said.

Watch the interview above.

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“The Good Fight” is drawing inspiration for its third season from an unusual place: “Friends.”

In Season 2, the “Good Wife” spinoff titled each episode after the number of days we were into Donald Trump’s presidential administration to that point. This time around, producers are doing a “Friends” sendup instead.

“We’re trying to play off ‘Friends,’” series co-creator Robert King said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “So it’s gonna be ‘The One…’”

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“For example, the second [episode] is ‘The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,’” he explained.

“Another is “The One Inspired by Proud Boys,” King continued, calling the device “a way to kind of give some narrative clues to [each episode] — but do it in a comical way.”

“Friends” famously titled each of its 236 episodes “The One…,” like “The One Where Joey Speaks French” (2004), “The One Where Emma Cries” (2002), “The One With the Stoned Guy” (1995), etc. You get the idea.

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“In part, because we loved the number of days in Season 2, but we could never remember which episode it was,” his wife and fellow series creator Michelle King added. “So half of it is just for us.”

Don’t worry, the upcoming run won’t be devoid of Trump bashing. Click here for more of how the show will tackle the current presidency, including the Kings’ “backup plan” should POTUS get impeached IRL.

“The Good Fight” returns to streaming video on demand service CBS All Access on March 14.

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David Schwimmer Lookalike Thief Fails to Show Up for Court, Arrest Warrant Issued

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A lookalike of “Friends” star David Schwimmer was not there for you — or for his court date.

According to the Guardian, a judge in Blackpool, England, issued an arrest warrant for Abdulah Husseni, a suspected thief whose surveillance footage went viral because he’s the spitting image of Schwimmer’s “Friends” character Ross Geller.

The arrest warrant was issued after Husseni failed to answer court summons on charges of theft and fraud.

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Back in October, police in Blackpool were flooded with social media comments when they posted surveillance footage of Husseni with the caption, “Do you recognize this man?” “Friends” fans who thought the thief resembled Schwimmer responded in turn with a litany of quotes from the show.

Police in Scotland even got in on the fun, with the Dumfries Galloway Police Division sending out a Facebook plea saying: “Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness.”

Then Schwimmer took the time to clear his name and let Blackpool police he was in New York at the time of the theft, responding with his own video imitating the surveillance footage.

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“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” Schwimmer said on Twitter. “To the hardworking Blackpool police, good luck with the investigation.”

Officers, I swear it wasn’t me.
As you can see, I was in New York.
To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR

— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018

Thankfully, police in Lancashire were quick to let fans know that Schwimmer himself was not a suspect.

“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” the force said via The Guardian. “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”

Husseni is 36, far younger than the 51-year-old Schwimmer, but the resemblance in the video is uncanny. According to the Guardian, he was arrested in November in West London in relation to items being stolen from a restaurant in Blackpool in September.

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While you’re still celebrating the ability to binge-watch “Friends” in 2019 on Netflix, Jennifer Aniston is talking about a reunion. On Thursday’s “Late Late Show,” the woman behind Rachel is ready to do more original episodes of the classic “Must-See TV” NBC sitcom.

Oh, and so are Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), she says.

“Listen, the girls always say we would love to do it again, and the boys are a little less excited about it for some reason — I don’t know,” Aniston told James Corden last night. “And so, we’ve decided that we’ll just do … a remake of ‘The Golden Girls’ in 40 years.”

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While she’s made the “Golden Girls” quip before, it sounded like the female trio is actually down for whatever.

“Just try to go out on wicker chairs,” Aniston said.

You might want to knock it off with the foolish pride, Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Ross (David Schwimmer). After all, if Netflix is willing to pay damn near $100 million for reruns 

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Netflix Paying Almost $100 Million for ‘Friends’ Proves Old Series Still Matter

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Netflix has been spending ambitiously on content, though most of the attention is paid toward its fast-growing output of original series and films. But the streamer’s deal to keep the ’90s-era sitcom “Friends” for another year proves that older series that still carry big fanbases are just as important in the high-stakes streaming wars.

Sources differ on the exact price tag that Netflix paid to keep “Friends” next year. One insider with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap that it was between $70 and $80 million, while another person with knowledge of the rights-bidding pegged the deal closer to the $100 million that the New York Times reported earlier this week.

“Friends” was one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions when it announced the deal back in 2014, which was followed by Hulu’s big get of “Seinfeld” a year later — an investment that cost somewhere between $160 and $180 million. Both deals heralded that the new battlefield for syndicating old TV shows, long the main play of local stations and cable networks, was moving into streaming. Netflix’s latest “Friends” deal proves that’s still the case.

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As the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix’s model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions, but the fact that it’s willing to shell out such a big chunk of change — its original deal for “Friends” cost $30 million annually, according to the New York Times — proves that streaming giants can’t rely only on subscribers liking every new show they put out. The broadcast networks, which pick up and cancel swaths of TV shows every year, can attest to that.

In the next year, the streaming space will continue to grow further, with WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney all launching their own direct-to-consumer offerings.

Part of that, at least on the Disney side, will see the Mouse House end its licensing deal with Netflix after the year ends (a huge get for Netflix at the time, as it gave the service rights to “Star Wars” and Marvel films). That could partially explain why Netflix has canceled three of its Marvel TV series in the past few months, including the widely-praised third season of “Daredevil.”

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One of the new entrants in the streaming space next year will be Warner Bros.’ parent company, WarnerMedia, which will launch its own branded streaming platform at the end of 2019. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well. That would appear to lower the amount that Netflix would pay to keep “Friends” after 2019, since it would no longer be exclusive.

All of this doesn’t even mention every streaming player currently available, including Amazon, Hulu (which Disney will own 60 percent of after the Fox deal closes) and even smaller players like CBS All Access.

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Monday was a rollercoaster ride for “Friends” fans, as it initially appeared that the classic NBC comedy would be removed from Netflix on Jan. 1. The streaming giant later quelled subscribers’ fears, announcing that “Friends” will stick around through 2019.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well.

“That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said Tuesday morning of the must-see TV sitcom. “Well, [Netflix] re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means ‘Friends’ could go on to our platform as well.”

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“That’s content that we would definitely want on our platform, and it’s obviously very important to Netflix as well,” Stephenson tacked on to the “Friends” conversation a few minutes later. “So, it’s kind of a logical situation. Is is necessary that it be exclusive to WarnerMedia on their product? No, it’s not necessary — it’s just important that we have the content.”

Stephenson was the Tuesday morning keynote speaker at the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos spoke at UBS on Monday, which is where he initially squashed the deepest fears of “Friends” bingers.

Sarandos and the Holiday Armadillo were there for you, because you’re there for them too (-oo-oo):

The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: WarnerMedia Can Stream ‘Friends’ Too

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After the recent fuss over the Netflix fate of evergreen sitcom Friends, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reminded attendees at the UBS media conference that the newly extended license to the Warner Bros show is not exclusive.
“That means Friends …