“That show has taken on life after life of its own and I’m excited for fans,” the comedian, 51, told Us Weekly exclusively following a stand-up performance at The Nitecap’s pop-up comedy show at Slate in New York City on Thursday, May 27. “I think it’s good they did [a reunion]. People loved that show for years. It’s kind of the next generation’s Brady Bunch, so I’m excited for the fans and I was proud to be a part of it.”
“They were all really nice. They were all great to me,” Rapaport said of his time with the Friends cast. “I was just impressed [with them]. People think that s—t happens on its own. They’re very, very, very good comedic actors.”
Though the Prison Break alum has had a successful career since Friends, he felt out of his element when he started on the show.
“I think that was my first sitcom and I didn’t know what the f—k I was doing,” he told Us.
Nevertheless, the cast were “welcoming.”
“They all couldn’t have been nicer. When you’re making $1 million dollars a week, it tends to put you in a good mood,” he said. “I was just happy to be there. It was dope being there.”
While $1 million per episode was a proper salary for the cast during the final two seasons of the show, Variety reported in February 2020 that the cast would make at least $2.5 million for the reunion, which premiered on Thursday.
Although the New York native wasn’t invited to take part in the HBO Max special, he has no hard feelings.
“I’m a fan,” he said.
With reporting by Diana Cooper