Friends to be removed from Netflix library come January 1

Friends Is Leaving Netflix in January 2019?!

The One Where 'Friends' Leaves Netflix

Fans got upset when they noticed that the Netflix app said Friends would be leaving the streaming service on January 1, 2019.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield suggested as much in an analyst note back in October - specifically, that Friends might depart Netflix next year for the new streaming service that Warner Bros. parent company WarnerMedia is launching towards the end of 2019.

However, the the "Jan. 1" removal date has now been deleted and Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that the show's "departure is a rumor". Netflix is dealing with some serious backlash after they announced that the 90's sitcom that follows a group of friends living their lives will be pulled from the platform in January.

In fact, "Friends" will not be dropping off Netflix on that date.

Losing Friends will be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the U.S. behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

ET has reached out to Netflix for comment. TV, while partners with Netflix, likely sees an opportunity to make this series the biggest show on their streaming service in the future. WarnerMedia, the company that owns Friends, is developing its own streaming service and wants Friends for itself because it's an incredibly valuable property; by one estimate, it's still the third-most popular comedy in America, nearly fifteen years after it went off the air.

So use this chance to marathon as many Friends episodes as you can.

It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market.

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