Friends: Phoebe Buffay Wasn‘t Supposed To End Up With Mike Hannigan

Any Friends fanatic will know that, in the end, Phoebe Buffay got her fairytale ending, marrying Mike Hannigan in a snowy outside wedding.

They’ll probably remember every single detail of that wedding too, from their exact vows to Mike’s dog’s name.

We know we do.

Copyright [NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images]

However, in news that will make everyone who was rooting for Phoebe to end up with scientist and Minsk-enthusiast David, it turns out the show was meant to conclude in a different way for Lisa Kudrow’s character.

In fact, David was actually supposed to return from Minsk and woo Phoebs again, with those two ending up together.

Admitting he ‘didn’t know’ going to Minsk was the end for his character, Hank Azaria told the Huffington Post: “The plan always was kind of to bring [David] back.

“I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [my character] became more of just the grist for that mill. As opposed to the other way around.”

He continued: “It actually did sting a little bit. Whatever part of me is David the science guy who went to Minsk, which admittedly is probably a small part of me [laughs], but that part of me wanted to end up with Phoebe. So I was sort of sad when I didn’t.”

Hank added that Paul Rudd (who played Mike) is a ‘handsome devil’, saying: “He certainly has gone on to prove that he was comedically deserving of Phoebe’s love.”

How different things could’ve been, eh?