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Marta Kaufmann, co-producer of "Friends," feels "embarrassed" by the lack of diversity.

(CNN)Malta Kaufman says he understands why people are critical of their "friends."

The hit comedy series co-producerinitially thought in the Los Angeles Timesthat people were unfairly targeting Sitcomlack of diversity He said. But she explained, "I've learned a lot in the last 20 years."

"It's not easy to admit and accept guilt," Kaufman said. "It's hard to see myself in the mirror. It's embarrassing that I didn't understand 25 years ago."

At the "Friends" held from 1994 to 2004, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer starred. It has been criticized for many years for the lack of color characters.

In 2020,Schwimmer told Guardian, "I am familiar with my privileges as a heterosexual white man," and "friends" were "awakened." Said it happened to. It wasn't inclusive.

"Maybe you have all black" friends "or all Asian" friends "," said Schwimmer, who played Ross for 10 seasons. "But I'm familiar with the lack of diversity and have campaigned for years to get Ross to date a woman of color. One of the first girlfriends I met at the show was an African-American. A woman who later dated an African-American woman. It was a very conscious push on my part. "

An all-black cast comedy aired between 1993 and 1998. "Living Single" (one year before "Friends"), "Friends," Focused on six young people and their intertwined life in New York City.

David Crane and "Friends" Kaufman, who made the film, told the LA Times that he had a better understanding of American racial discrimination after George. Complaints about Floyd's murder and the resulting show.

It motivates her to pledge $ 4 million to establish a professorship donated to the school's African and African-American research departments at her alma mater, Brandyce University in Boston. Gave. ..

Since the donation was announced, Kaufman said she "only got love."

She said, "It was amazing. I was somewhat surprised because I didn't expect the news to spread this much." I got a lot of "it's about time". It never makes sense. I just admit that it was postponed for a long time.