Quinta Brunson, the talented comedian and actress renowned for her role in the Emmy-nominated series Abbott Elementary, recently made her mark as a guest host on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
In her captivating opening monologue, the As of Yet star didn't shy away from addressing the iconic 90s sitcom Friends.
Brunson reminisced about her audition for the beloved show, revealing that despite her attempt, she didn't secure a spot in the cast.
Moreover, she pointed out what she perceived as a significant omission in the Friends storyline - the absence of Black characters.
She shared: "I wanted to be on SNL back in the day but the audition process seemed long – so instead, I just created my own TV show, made sure it became really popular, won a bunch of Emmys and then got asked to host."
"So much easier, so much easier."
Brunson went on to provide insight into the premise of her own show, Abbott Elementary, and it was during this discussion that she directed her remarks toward Friends.
She elaborated: "It's a network sitcom like, say, Friends. Except, instead of being about a group of friends, it's about a group of teachers."
"Instead of New York, it's in Philadelphia and instead of not having Black people, it does."
Criticism has been directed at Friends recently for predominantly casting non-white actors in minor roles.
In response to the backlash, one of the co-creators, Marta Kauffman, addressed the issue during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, stating: "I've learned a lot in the last 20 years."
"Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It's painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I'm embarrassed that I didn't know better 25 years ago."
"It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalized systemic racism."
Following this, she made a generous contribution of $4 million (£3.2 million) to establish an endowed chair within the university's African and African American studies department, the very institution where she pursued her education.
Meanwhile, Lisa Kudrow, renowned for her portrayal of Phoebe in the show, came to the defense of Marta Kauffman and her co-creator David Crane in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Kudrow stated: "Well, I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college."
"They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color."
Jennifer Aniston further emphasized this point by noting that a whole new generation now finds Friends to be 'offensive.'