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Once upon a time there was a pilot made for a TV show called 'Friends'. The show featured six young, funny, good-looking best friends, living in New York City and spending lots of time hanging out in a coffee shop. There was Rachel Green the pretty one, Joey Tribiani the actor, Phoebe Buffay the blonde hippy, Chandler Bing the cute accountant, Ross Geller the geeky palaeontologist and Monica Geller, Ross's sister, the chef who also happened to be a 'sl*t'.
(L-R) David Schwimmer (Ross), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) and Matt Le Blanc (Joey). Credit: Getty Images
While a majority of us would never remember Monica -- played by actress Courteney Cox -- as a sl*t, NBC President Don Ohlmeyer was reportedly so worried about her liberal attitude towards sex that the test audience for 'Friends' was asked if Monica's character was 'a sl*t', 'a whore' or 'a trollop'.Marta Kauffman, one of the show's co-creators, revealed Ohlmeyer's disgust in this month's Vanity Fair
magazine.The surprising admission comes from an adaptation of new book Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
, written by Warren Littlefield, the NBC network's former president.
Courteney Cox in 1996. Credit: Getty Images
The excerpt from the book gives voice to writers, actors and network executives that brought the famed TV show into existence, allowing them to comment on the show from start to finish.WIN a bumper DVD prize pack including 'The Adventures of Tintin'
'It may seem hard to believe today, but in '94 we were playing in core-conceptual territory that hadn't been explored that much on network TV -- young-adult relationships,' Mr Littlefield said.Ohlmeyer reportedly didn't like the series from the very beginning, taking particular task with a subplot involving the character Monica and 'Paul the wine guy'. Monica brought 'Paul' home on the first date after he told her he hadn't slept with a woman in the two years since splitting with his wife. Monica finds out the following day that it was just a line he used to get her to sleep with him.'Don said that when Monica slept with Paul the wine guy she got what she deserved,' Ms Kauffman said. 'Fire began to come out of my nose.'The network organised a test audience screening, complete with a questionnaire asking 'Do you think Monica sleeping with wine guy makes her (a) a slut, (b) a whore, (c) a trollop.''The questionnaire for the audience after the run-through -- that was completely Don,' Jamie Tarses, former vice president of comedy development for NBC, said. 'He didn't like the casual sex.'Thankfully for the rest of us, the audience did. And the rest, as they say, is history.Related Video: David Arquette single again?