While Friends is a beloved piece of ’90s and ’00s nostalgia, let’s remember the maligned moment that the writers decided to put Joey and Rachel together in Season 8.
Looking back at Joey and Rachel, it’s strange to think that the controversial storyline ran through Season 8, 9, and 10 — feeling much longer. It turns out that even Joey himself (Matt LeBlanc) was against one of the show’s strangest storylines.
LeBlanc joins the millions of others who despised the story arc and rightly questioned where the hell Joey and Rachel’s romance came from. Executive producer Kevin S Bright told Digital Spy, “I can tell you this – in the beginning, Matt LeBlanc did not want to do that story.”
Bright continued, “He was very firmly against it, saying that he’s Ross’s friend, and that the type of friend that Joey is would never go and take someone else’s girlfriend.”
Admitting that it took “a lot of conversations” to convince LeBlanc to go with it, Bright stayed quiet about what he thought about the odd pairing.