Phoebe Buffay and Mike Hannigan may have been endgame in Friends, but their relationship was never supposed to lead to a (very cold) walk down the aisle.
But then David disappeared to Minsk, Russia, for work, and Phoebe was stuck playing her guitar in Central Perk. Enter Mike, portrayed by Paul Rudd. They first met in the beloved coffee shop, and the rest is history.
"No, I didn’t know that was the end of David," Azaria told HuffPost about his Minsk trip. "The plan always was kind of to bring him 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."
Basically, the show's crew didn't want to cut the charismatic Rudd from the show. It "did sting a little bit," Azaria admitted.
“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.”
Looks like this is one ship Azaria will go down with.