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Read what Friends star James Michael Tyler has to say on Gunther’s ambiguous sexuality

Read what Friends star James Michael Tyler has to say on Gunther’s ambiguous sexuality

His character on Friends was always known for his all-encompassing crush on Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel – but actor James Michael Tyler has admitted to Gay Star News there might be another explanation for Gunther’s famous lack of luck with ladies.

‘That’s always been a theory [that he’s gay]’ the star told us over coffee at this year’s IPW in Orlando. ‘Maybe Gunther was a late bloomer as far as that goes!’

He continued: ‘That would be fine with me, but honestly I think Gunther was just inexperienced. No experience whatsoever in any manner with relationships – there was something in Gunther that kept him from being himself.’

Nevertheless, the star added that the ambiguity around Gunther’s sexuality was ‘absolutely’ deliberate, explaining: ‘It was something the writers never really touched on – they left it open-ended. Which I think was was purposeful. It made it work, it didn’t pigeonhole him.’

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Above: Michael Tyler on the show with Jennifer Aniston

Michael Tyler was at the travel show to talk about the new, re-vamped Friends set tour at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, telling us: ‘The re-vamped tour is so much more detailed and educational now; the fans get to participate in the process. Does it take me straight back? Yes, it does.’

On a Friends reunion, he added: ‘My honest feeling is it ended on the right note at the right time. Would it be as interesting if they were still struggling in the 40s? It might be a bit depressing! I don’t think it would have the same value.’