Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Pushed For Phoebe-Joey Hook-Up on ‘Friends’
Though Friends explored a lot of relationship permutations among the titular six pals, Phoebe and Joey never quite consummated their love for one another. But it wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow. The actors recently revealed that they wanted their characters to hook up!
Sure, Phoebe and Joey kissed one another a couple of times, but they certainly never hopped between the sheets. (And no, Joey dating Phoebe’s twin sister, Ursula, doesn’t count.)
“Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there's Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together,” Matt tells People. “But [the producers] were like, ‘Nah.’”
Apparently, the producers didn’t want Friends turning into Friends With Benefits that much.
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Still, just because we didn’t see them hook up on the show doesn’t mean they didn’t… in fans’ imaginations, at least. Fanfiction.net, for example, hosts over three dozen stories from Friends viewers thirsty for this Phoebe/Joey pairing — romance tales with titles like “I’ll Be There For You” and “Joey Tribbiani’s Love of Phoebe and Sandwiches.”
Meanwhile, our couple name for Phoebe and Joey sums up our reaction to being denied this bound-to-be great storyline: Phooey.