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The holiday armadillo has granted your Christmas wish early: Friends is staying on Netflix!

Cape Town - There was a collective panic from Friends fans in the US on Monday when Buzzfeed reported that the popular sitcom will be removed from Netflix US at the end of the year.

For all the talk of Netflix being able to survive mostly on the strength of its original content, there was certainly a significant amount of uproar yesterday when it looked like Friends was leaving the streaming service's library.

Netflix first bowed all 10 seasons of "Friends", encompassing all 236 episodes of the show, to subscribers in the USA and Canada in January 2015, under a deal with Warner Bros.

However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future.

"The only reason I have an account with Netflix is to rewatch Friends", singer Hayley Kiyoko tweeted.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, Netflix confirmed Friends will remain available to stream in the United States through the end of 2019.

Netflix paid $118 million (around $500,000 per episode) for the Friends catalog in 2015.

"Friends" aficionados took to social media to complain about Netflix's potential loss of the show and threatened to cancel their subscriptions - something that routinely happens when popular content leaves any service. But as the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix's model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions.

However: An executive familiar with the show's contract told USA Today there aren't immediate plans for Netflix to drop the show.

"The One Where Friends is Going Nowhere, Don't Worry", it replied to one anxious fan.


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