Lisa Kudrow had originally been cast as Roz on the sitcom Frasier but was fired during rehearsals for the pilot episode, which Jimmy Burrows directed.
LISA KUDROW: I was terrified that first week. It was Jimmy … again. He would say, “Why are they friends with her?” Meaning me. “We have to figure that out. She doesn’t fit.” And I was like, “Oh my God, here we go again. Well, if everyone just acts like they like me. If Monica acts like she likes me.” And at one point he thought it would be funny if I deliver my monologue under the table. They’re all sitting around the table. Instead of being with them, I’m under the table, because I’m “quirky.”
I thought, This is the run-through where Marta and David are going to say, “This character doesn’t work. We have to reconceive it. She’s just not part of the group.” And I really thought that was going to be what came out of that run-through. And, thank God, they said, “Um, Lisa, not that it’s a bad choice, but I don’t think that’s a good spot for you, under the table.” I didn’t know how to answer. I would never put myself under the table. Jimmy said, “No, that was me. We were just trying it.”