Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard stuns fans as he reveals Friends cameo

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Good Morning Britain's Ben Shephard has revealed how he cheekily wangled his way onto set for a cameo appearance in Friends at the height of its fame.

The much-anticipated Friends reunion aired on Thursday night with many of the show's former guest stars reminiscing about their memories of the show, but while Ben wasn't included in the official reunion, he had his own story to share on Friday morning.

Ben explained that he had been interviewing executive producer Marta Kaufmann in 2002 and hatched a plan to try to bag himself a starring role in the biggest TV show of the time.

Talking to Good Morning Britain co-host Kate Garraway, he said: "Friends was at its peak. I got to interview Marta on set.


"She was brilliant. While we were talking I knew they were shooting Joey's premiere that night. I said to the crew, 'why don't I try and angle this interview and get us on set'.

"I'd been chatting with Marta, saying we were really looking forward to seeing it because it's red carpet and part of our trade."

Luckily for Ben, his plan worked – even better than he had expected it to as he was offered a role playing a reporter at Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) film premiere.

Remembering the conversation he said that Marta told him: "I had a thought. How would you all like to be extras in that screen and be the paparazzi and cameramen filming Joey's premiere?"

Ben asked her: "You're kidding?", but Marta said: "I don't kid."

Showing some photos of his interview with Marta on the Friends set, the 46-year-old presenter who was in his 20s at the time looked like he had barely aged.

He said: "I've not changed that much. It was an absolute privilege to be there, for all of us actually."

Later in Friday's show, Ben spoke to Elliott Gould who played Monica and Ross's dad Jack Gellar in Friends and showed off his proud moment on screen playing a red carpet interviewer at Joey's premiere.


Elliott revealed his own favourite moment in the show, saying: "When Jack tells Monica that he wants to be buried at sea I thought the seriousness to that was very comical.

"Also, when Jack and Judy run off to the lavatory and Monica is hiding in the shower with no idea that we were coming in and making out, it's so human, it's so identifiable, and extremely middle class."

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