David Schwimmer Weighs In on Ross and Rachel ‘On a Break’ Debate


It’s been a question that has raged on for a generation who grew with the NBC smash hit sitcom Friends— “Were Rachel and Ross on a break?” 

For those unfamiliar with the Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) debate, it happened when Ross cheated on Rachel during what he said was a break between the couple, to which Rachel denied.  It was the question that divided the sexes throughout the series.

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Ross said that it wasn’t cheating because they were on a break, to which Rachel said it was not right because it was just a fight and they were still in love. Oh the horror of it all.

Well now, David Schwimmer is weighing on the great Friends debate. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 53-year-old shared his opinion.

“People are so passionately divided about whether or not they were on a break,” Schwimmer said.  “It’s not even a question. They were on a break.”

We knew he’d side with Ross.

Funny thing is, we may never had see David in the role of Ross if not for director Jim Burrows. David originally turned down the role of Ross after being an sitcom that didn’t work out. But when Burrows called him on the phone, David changed his mind.

“He was going to direct the pilot of Friends, which he did, and he said, ‘You gotta come out and meet everyone.’ And I was like, ‘I can’t say no to this guy, he’s a legend,'” Schwimmer shared. “So I went and that’s when [creators] Marta [Kauffman] and David [Crane] told me that they had written Ross with my voice in mind. And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?'”

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“They reminded me [that] I had auditioned for them a year before. They had written a show about six New Yorkers living in the same apartment building called Couples,” he added. “Then a year or more later they created  Friends. And so when I heard that they wrote this part with me in mind, I was like, ‘OK. Yeah. Let’s do this.’ It’s the biggest compliment ever.”

And Ross Geller was born.