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".
Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers spied a notice on Netflix's page for the show indicating it would no longer be available to stream as of january 1, 2019.
The appearance of the expiration date is what set everyone off, but as THR explains: "Expiration dates appearing and disappearing may be a function of the streaming service's contracts expiring and possible renegotiations taking place".
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Protesting to keep Friends on Netflix is futile, because Friends' exit is a cold, hard business decision.
This series is one of the most popular shows on Netflix, and that's why Netflix paid so much for the streaming rights to the series back in 2015.
I've never been a fan of the popular series Friends and honestly, I'm never going to be but I do get the annoyance of having your favorite movie or series pulled from a network or streaming service. You know, more Bojack, less Christmas Prince. But it came with a lofty price tag: Netflix shelled out $118 million (pennies for the service today) for the streaming rights and to digitally remaster every single episode for HD streaming capabilities.
Also included in the service will be HBO, which AT&T now owns and is pushing to be more like Netflix in terms of output.