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On Wednesday, January 13 During the Television Critics Association press tour, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt announced a Friends reunion would occur.
“I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at the same time,” Greenblatt stated, referring to actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.
The reunion is planned as part of a tribute to legendary TV director James Burrows, which will air in February on NBC. Burrows has directed over 1,000 episodes of television for shows such as Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and of course Friends.
However, Thursday it was reported by multiple news outlets that Matthew Perry would not be joining his castmates for the reunion. While rumors have been swirling about possible animosity between some of the Friends stars, Matthew simply can’t make it to the reunion because he has to work.
On February 2, Matthew’s playwriting debut, The End of Longing, which he will also star in, starts previews in London.
Lisa Kasteler, a rep for Matthew, informed the media that “Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”
Although many Friends fans are surely disappointed by the news, a partial reunion will just have to do.
Co-creator Marta Kauffman has reiterated that there will be no scripted Friends special in the future. In her own words, fans will have to “…let it go. It’ll never happen—not happening!”
In addition to most of the cast members of Friends, the cast of Cheers, Will & Grace and other shows directed by Burrows, will also appear.
The James Burrows tribute airs Sunday, February 21 on NBC with former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes hosting.