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"Friends" Will No Longer Be Available On Netflix Starting In 2020

The show will instead be featured on WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.

Posted on July 9, 2019, at 3:29 p.m. ET

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Netflix officially announced on Tuesday the show Friends, one of the most popular shows on its platform, would no longer be available for streaming come 2020.

"The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye," the streaming giant tweeted, a subtle nod to how Friends famously titled episodes.

"We're sorry to see Friends go," the company said, right before announcing the show's new home.

Speculation had been brewing for a while that Netflix would be relinquishing the beloved title, which the company reportedly paid $100 million to keep last year โ€” The show will instead be featured on WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.

The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye. Weโ€™re sorry to see Friends go to Warner's streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang โ˜•

Fans of the series, again, didn't take the news so well.

There were countless appropriately timed Friends GIFs used.

And a ton of jokes, presumably from Netflix subscribers, about how this news may lead people to cancel their service.

I might cancel my Netflix account. The only reason I have it is to watch Friends and the Office...

Netflix also parted ways with The Office, another heavily watched show that will be leaving the platform in 2021โ€” a double dose of bad news for fans of both series.

The One Where Netflix Loses itโ€™s Members. No Office or Friends? Idk whatโ€™s going on. https://t.co/g1fDo3YJBr

There were a few folks who criticized the company for choosing not to keep shows like One Day at a Time on its service, especially after shelling out so much money to keep Friends.

y'all just spent all that fucking money to save it instead of renewing One day at a time, lmao now you lost Friends and one day at a time has a new network bitch https://t.co/AgeiGpAAAY

The sitcom will be available on Netflix for the remainder of the year. It is unclear exactly when it will be removed from the platform. Netflix did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News.

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