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'Friends' co-creator reveals Phoebe could have ended up with David

During the final seasons of "Friends," one big question was just who would Phoebe end up with: Mike or David? Turns out, it could have gone either way!
/ Source: TODAY

How's this for an alternate "Friends" finale? Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) ends up with David (Hank Azaria) ... and not Mike (Paul Rudd).

That's not idle speculation, either: Show co-creator David Crane admitted as much in an interview with

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It was meant to be, wasn't it? Paul Rudd (Mike) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) in "Friends."NBC

As Crane explained, they weren't sure whom to ultimately pair Phoebe with — scientist David, or pianist Mike. The triangle was part of the final two seasons of the show, where we saw Phoebe dump Mike, when he refused to commit, and return to David. But then Mike proposed and ... well, that sealed the deal.

But she might have stayed with David!

It turns out that David (Hank Azaria) and Phoebe (Kudrow) could have been a forever item!
It turns out that David (Hank Azaria) and Phoebe (Kudrow) could have been a forever item!NBC

"There was definitely a possibility of that," said Crane. "I mean, we didn't definitively know (whom she'd end up with). They're both amazing actors. I mean, both Paul and Hank are fantastic, and fantastic with her. We sort of went back and forth."

"Friends" remains one of TV's classic sitcoms, and aired from 1994 to 2004, though it's had a second life this year as creators and cast celebrate its 25th anniversary.

He continued, "I don't even remember all the pieces that led to where we landed, but yeah, it could have gone the other way. Phoebe would have been great with either one."

Mike and Phoebe wed in the 10th season episode "The One With Phoebe's Wedding."

David even proposed to Phoebe once.
David even proposed to Phoebe once.NBC

David had proposed, too, but Phoebe rejected him in the ninth season's "The One In Barbados, Part 1."

We like to imagine he's back in Minsk, having created a shrine around the statue he thought was of Phoebe. That's a happy ending in itself.