Could Friends be be more popular? It's been 23 years since the NBC comedy was released, but the beloved series still has fans around the world.
Monday's episode of her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with the K-Pop phenomenon BTS, a South Korean boy of seven band members who became global superstars after the release of their single "No More Dream" on June 2013 and recently made their American television debut at the 2017 American Music Awards.
In his daytime debut, RM member (formerly known as Rap Monster) revealed that he taught himself in English by watching the iconic series , which was developed between 1994 and 2004.
"My English teacher was a sitcom – Friends ," he said. "I think that in the days when I was 14, 15 years old, it was like a syndrome for all Korean parents to make their children see Friends . I thought I was like a victim at that time, but now I am the lucky one, so thanks to my mother, she bought all seasons [on] DVD! "
RM said she started watching the program with Korean subtitles before switching to English subtitles, and finally deleted all the subtitles completely.
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After learning that the singers were fans of the show, DeGeneres surprised the group with a lot of Friends memories before asking them through an interpreter if they have ever connected with one of his fans, who call themselves the ARMY. (The band gets its name from the Korean acronym "Bangtan Sonyeondan" or "bulletproof boy scouts" in English.)
"We're doing it right now," said RM, shrewdly making eyes at the audience.
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