The sitcom has long been criticised for casting only two people of colour over 10 years, as well as for using un-PC stereotypes as punchlines.
There’s also an alarming shortage of non-heterosexual characters on the show.
Addressing the lack of inclusion in the cast and storylines at the virtual 2020 ATX Festival, Marta teared up as she expressed her regret.
The writer and producer said: ‘I wish I knew then what I know today.’
Marta went on: ‘Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would’ve made very different decisions.
‘I mean we’ve always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn’t do enough and now all I can think about is what can I do?
‘What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way? And that’s something I not only wish I knew when I started showrunning, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year.’
Cast member David also revealed he called on producers of Friends to increase the diversity among its cast members, ‘campaigning’ for Ross Geller to date women of colour.
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