STILL FRIENDS! THE SHOW WILL GO ON

Published on: October 17, 2002

The "Friends" cast has said publicly that the current season is the show's last -- but privately they've made a pact to come back next year!

What's more, sources say David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow will all get whopping $300,000-per-episode pay raises.

They'll each be taking home $1.3 million a week -- for only 31¼2 days of work.

But the "Friends" stars want to do only 13 episodes next season, as opposed to the usual full order of 22.

And the 13 episodes include a blockbuster one-hour finale to wrap up the season -- and everyone would be paid double for the finale!

"So far, the only cast member who has not agreed in principle to come back next year is Jennifer Aniston," said an NBC insider.

"Unlike some of the other 'Friends' stars who've tried to get movie careers going but have met with little success, Jennifer has actually been on a roll recently.

"She got good reviews for the movie 'The Good Girl' and is now in demand for some big-budget films.

"But the rest of the cast believes that she'll eventually sign on."