In the wake of Netflix announcing “The Office” is leaving in 2021, so will “Friends” in 2020.
WarnerMedia announced its new streaming platform, HBO Max, which will launch next spring. And it’ll feature the, quote, “exclusive streaming rights to all 236 episodes of ‘Friends’.”
HBO Max will also have “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars”, plus new original shows like an animated“Gremlins” reboot and a thriller called “The Flight Attendant” starring Kaley Cuoco.
Netflix confirmed it on Twitter quote, “The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye. We’re sorry to see ‘Friends’ go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang.”
“Friends” has been on Netflix since 2015. Last year, they supposedly coughed up $100 MILLION to keep it through 2019. Which is a lot even for Netflix. Before that, they were paying $30 million a year for it.