The 39-year-old producer questioned if the show, which first aired in 1994 and followed a group of six friends as they explored love and life in New York City, could provide more diversity.
Director Ben Winston responded to the criticism about the Friends: The Reunion ‘lacked diversity’
Winston discussed various measures to include multicultural actors and storylines on a sitcom set in a melting pot of cultures during an interview with The New York Times.
‘We have Malala, Mindy Kaling, BTS,’ Winston said. ‘There are three women from Ghana, one who talks about how Friends saved her life. Two boys from Kenya. Three kids in India.’
‘What more diversity do they want in this reunion?’ he went on. ‘The cast is the cast. It was made in 1994. I think it’s remarkable how well it does stand the test of time.’
‘I’m really pleased with the show we were able to put together,’ he added.
Critics of the Reunion special commented on Matthew Perry’s obvious difficulty speaking.
Winston had nothing but good things to say about the 51-year-old actor, blaming the harsh comments on people being ‘unkind.’
‘I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show,’ he gushed. ‘I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this.’