Actress Sherri Shepherd has claimed that highlighting a lack of racial diversity in the Friends cast lost her future work.
Sherri, 53, appeared in one Friends episode in 1998 in scenes with Matt LeBlanc’s character, Joey Tribbiani.
She played a tour guide called Rhonda in The One with Phoebe’s Uterus.
Pop culture commentator, Jawn Murray, has claimed Sherri was shunned from the long-running comedy show after she called out its lack of racial diversity.
After getting Sherri’s permission to share her story, Jawn said on ABC News on Monday that Sherri ‘was one of the few black faces that was on Friends’.
‘Sherri was on Friends at a time that you sent out postcards to let people know, “Hey, I’m going to be on TV”‘, Jawn said.
Sherri, now host of The View, added the message ‘Friends get a little colour’ to her postcards and sent one to the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman.
And Jawn claimed that Marta got the postcard and after that Sherri was ‘never asked back on the show’.
Sherri then backed up what Jawn said on her social media, writing: ‘My best friend @JawnMurray appeared on @ABCNewsLive with @LinseyDavis & shared my experience as one of the few Black people who ever appeared on Friends.
‘He reveals why I believe I was NEVER asked back to the show.’
Martha admitted last month that Friends had failed in being diverse and inclusive.
She shared this reality during as the Black Lives Matter movement started to gain more steam after the death of George Floyd.
In a recent interview with ATX TV, Martha apologised for this lack of diversity.
‘I wish I knew then what I know today,’ she said.
‘Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would’ve made very different decisions.’
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