16 Crazy Fan Theories About TV Shows That Will Blow Your Mind
Ross lost custody of Ben on Friends for being a poor father
This is a truly depressing fan theory — but it’s totally possible! If you’ll recall, the audience barely sees Ben (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) after the eighth season of the show and he doesn’t even meet his new half-sister, Emma. Even before that, Ross (David Schwimmer) rarely interacts the son he shares with his ex-wife, even though he was fairly active in her pregnancy even after they’d split. One theory suggests that Ross lost custody of Ben because he was just a really crappy dad and Carol and Susan were happy to raise the boy on their own. After his anger flare-ups (over a sandwich!), questionable romantic behavior, and poor treatment of others crop up during the last few seasons of the show, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that his ex-wife sought full custody of Ben. He doesn’t seem too heartbroken over not seeing Ben a lot, so we are kind of hoping this theory is true. Ben didn’t deserve a deadbeat dad like that!