"I wish I knew then what I know today," she said, before apologizing for getting emotional. "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?" Kauffman, who most recently was overseeing Netflix's Grace and Frankie series, continued. "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."
Earlier this year, Schwimmer told The Guardianthat he often advocated for his Friends character, Ross Geller, to date women of color as a way to offset the all-white main cast.
"I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color," he said. "One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part."
"I'm very aware of my own privilege as a heterosexual white male whose parents were able to pay for a private education for me," he continued. "I've always felt a sense of responsibility to give back and to call things out if I see an abuse of power."