You’ll never believe which couple was originally meant to be the show’s main love interest!

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Monica and Chandler are arguably the cutest couple of Friends, with a love story to end all love stories. But Marta Kaufmann, the co-creator of the show, has revealed that they were never actually meant to be a thing!

While we were dealing with the Ross and Rachel on again-off again drama, Monica and Chandler were the rock. They were the show’s solid romance—moving in, marrying, and tugging on heartstrings everywhere.

But it turns out that the creators of the show never intended for this love story to play out. Their fling was originally only meant to be a one-off comedy titbit.

If it hadn’t been for the show’s fans, the Monica/Chandler relationship would never have happened!

The big moment that changed the entire path of Friends was this scene in The One With Ross’s Wedding, Part 2:

“We had no idea what response that was going to get,” Marta admitted at the ATX Television Festival. She revealed that the studio audience were so shocked that they actually had to take a break from shooting the scene:

“We had to stop [taping] the show because people were screaming.”

Marta revealed the original one-off plan for Monica and Chandler: “We thought it was going to be funny and we were going to get rid of it.”

But the reaction of the studio audience changed their minds!

“Suddenly the audience told us they had been waiting for that and we had to rethink how we were going to keep going and change the relationship. But that wasn’t a person — it was an entire, immediate expression of joy.”

Marta has previously revealed that the main love interest was never meant to be Ross and Rachel or even Monica and Chandler- it was supposed to be Monica and Joey!

“They just seemed the most sexual of the characters,” Marta explained.

But the fact that Monica and Chandler weren’t fated to be together from day one is news to us! We really can’t imagine the show without their relationship, and without adorable moments like this:

Take a moment to think about just how different Friends would be without Monica and Chandler’s romance…. It’s pretty clear that we owe that studio audience a huge thank you! #MonicaandChandlerforever

 

Words: Annie Simon