Eye-watering amount Friends cast earns from re-runs ahead of show’s big reunion

With Friends being one of most popular sitcom phenomenons in television history, it's not exactly a surprise it still makes money today.

But the stars of the show – as well as those super savvy producers – are still making a mint 17 years after it wrapped.

When collecting royalties, only the top music artists come close.

Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry made a big decision seven series in.

As well as getting a whacking pay-rise, they decided to get longer-term rights written into their contacts.

It was a smart move, even if they didn't know fans would still be watching it every day all these years later!

Nearly two decades on from calling it a day, makers Warner Bros are said to make $1billion a year from syndication revenue, according to USA Today.

When the show first aired, each cast member was paid $22,500 per episode.

Good money to most of us, but compared to what they were earning at the end it was purely pocket change.

Even by the third year, each of the six main actors were making $100,000 per episode.

By season nine, things exploded – and so did their bank balances.

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The cast negotiated a salary of $1million each per episode – and it was the largest-ever deal for a 30-minute television show at the time contracts were signed.

But according to The New York Times it wasn't only an important moment for their wallets.

During the filming of series seven, it had been decided that the cast would receive syndication profits going forward.

Now, they had long-term rights – and it was a huge decision.

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So 17 years on from the final show, they are all still earning millions every year – despite not actually walking into Central Perk since 2004.

That's before you take into account the amount they are getting from the reunion show.

HBO Max have released the first trailer for the highly anticipated reunion, which will see all six principal cast members return.

They have all come together for an unscripted special to reminisce about their time on the show and fans can't wait.

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