The upcoming Friends reunion that’s had the internet in a tizzy over the past week is looking like it’s going to disappoint a lot of people.
The cast of the show, minus Matthew Perry, are set to “reunite” at an upcoming NBC event honoring famed TV director Jim Burrows, who worked on Friends.
And according to Perry, who will miss the event due to other obligations (a London play), the reunion isn’t going to be as satisfying as many would hope.
“It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for. They are celebrating Jim Burrows, who was a director of Friends,” Perry recently explained. “The other five are going to be on this special and I am going to introduce them from London. I’m doing the play here so I can’t be there.”
Now, David Schwimmer is throwing more cold water on the reports.
Speaking at a press event for the upcoming The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Ross had this to say:
“You know, I have no idea what’s expected of us. I’m flying in that day so I’m just showing up … From what I’ve been told by Sean Hayes, he said we’re all going to come up on stage and talk about Jim and give him a hug. I just want to be in the room when he’s honored because this man has contributed so, so greatly to this country’s enjoyment of television in the last 40 to 50 years. So it’s lovely there’s an event that honors him and so many people that love him and so many people whose careers were helped [and] defined by him.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 17, 2016
Rumors of an actual Friends reunion have been popping up every so often for years – and none of them have ever materialized. Maybe having Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe on a stage (and Chandler via telecast) for a few minutes is as close as we’re ever going to get.