Lisa Kudrow had modest appearances in legendary sitcoms like “Frasier” and “Mad About You” before she rose to fame as Phoebe Buffay in the smash series “Friends.”
While appearing with her, ‘Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox on Wednesday’s episode of Sirius XM’s ‘The Howard Stern Show. Kudrow revealed she was sacked from the set only days into production. Before the 1993 premiere of Frasier, the actress was also cast in the role of radio producer Roz Doyle; however, she was fired three days into the production of the pilot episode.
In the end, Lisa Kudrow had a happy ending because of Friends, which allowed her to become a sitcom star. But the path to the successful comedy could have been smoother and involved a misstep when applying for a role on Frasier. Although Kudrow was fired, the actress claims she accepted the decision.
“I was not right for the part or for the chemistry of the group. So that was not working but I did think, Oh, I am not this guy’s cup of tea,” she said of director James Burrows and his decision to scrap Kudrow for that of Peri Gilpin.