Friends creator David Crane says Phoebe Buffay’s ending nearly changed

Friends co-creator David Crane has revealed that Phoebe Buffay's happy ending to the sit-com nearly ended entirely differently to how it did.

In the final episodes of the series, which aired for 10 whole seasons, the Smelly Cat singer was torn between her two love interests.

From early on in the series, Phoebe had been in love with scientist David (played by Hank Azaria) but the pair were forced to split up when he moved country for three years to take on an experiment.

However, in the last series he returned and decided that Phoebe was the one for him and was planning to propose to the lovable character but sadly for David, she had met someone else.

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While David was away in Minsk, Russia, Phoebe always continued to live her single life and eventually met Mike (played by Paul Rudd) and the pair fell deeply in love.

Despite his posh stuck up family not approving of her, the pair got through all their battles and ended up getting married in the snow in one of the last ever episodes.

But now co-creator David has revealed that Phoebe very nearly ditched Mike for the hunky scientist.

Asked if Phoebe nearly ended up with David, the 62-year-old told RadioTimes: "There was definitely a possibility of that.

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"I mean, we didn’t definitively know (who she’d end up with).

"They’re both amazing actors. I mean, both Paul and Hank are fantastic, and fantastic with her.

"We sort of went back and forth," he revealed.

Addressing why they decided to pair her with Mike in the end, he said: "I don’t even remember all the pieces that led to where we landed, but yeah, it could have gone the other way.

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"Phoebe would have been great with either one."

David also revealed to why the Phoebe and Joey Tribbiani "had to remain just friends" and never ended up being a couple.

He told the publication: "It all would have been too tidy and too complete.

"When your goal is to keep the six characters in stories together, it would be really easy to go down that road but I think we all felt it would be a mistake."

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