This story has been updated.
After a whirlwind of emotions Monday from “Friends” fans in the United States fearing the departure of their favorite show from Netflix’s streaming service, officials have confirmed the show is going nowhere in 2019.
At an investor conference in New York on Monday, Ted Sarandos, head of Netflix’s content division, said the supposed Jan. 1, 2019 expiration date was just a “rumor,” according to the New York Times. Netflix also confirmed the news via Twitter.
But continuing to license the program from owner WarnerMedia comes with a price tag of around $100 million, the Times reported based on accounts from two people with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. That’s a significant jump from the previous $30 million per year streaming fee.
The show’s official page in the U.S. had displayed the rumored expiration date Monday, while the warning didn’t appear for areas outside the country.
Let’s just say Americans didn’t take the news lightly.
The 1994-2004 NBC sitcom came to Netflix on Jan. 1, 2015.
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