Marta Kauffman admitted she did not understand pronouns at the time of creating the show.
“We kept referring to [Helena] as ‘Chandler’s father,’ even though Chandler’s father was trans,” Kauffman said, according to HuffPost UK. “Pronouns were not yet something that I understood, so we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake.”
Kauffman said she is now more aware of social concerns surrounding race and gender.
“I like very much to create an environment where we have a happy set and a happy crew,” said Kauffman. “It’s very important to me that where we are is a safe place, a tolerant place, where there’s no yelling. I fired a guy on the spot for making a joke about a trans cameraperson. That just can’t happen.”