Since 2004 when it ended, fans of the 1990s hit television show Friends have been wishing and hoping for a reunion. On Wednesday night, part of that dream came true.
Jennifer Aniston, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her new film, Life of Crime, was hesitant when Kimmel told her that he was actually a huge fan of Friends.
“I loved the show so much I actually wrote some fan fiction,” he said. “I wrote myself into it as Ross. I was wondering if you would do a scene from it with me?”
Kimmel then lead the 45-year old actress to a replica of the famous apartment kitchen from the show, claiming that he “spent $80,000 making it.”
Although Aniston agreed to read lines with Kimmel, who played Ross Geller, she refused to wear a Rachel wig, saying “I’ve got boundaries.” Then, to everyone’s delight, Aniston was joined by her friends and former co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
But, despite the next month being the 20th anniversary of the hit NBC show’s premiere, including the opening a replica of the Central Perk coffee shop, complete with Gunther (actor James Michael Tyler), the cast still stands by the fact that an official reunion is not underway.
“It’s not going to happen,” Cox told David Letterman on The Late Show back in April. “Let me tell you something: there’s six friends and I’ve been trying to put together a cast dinner for 10 years. It doesn’t happen. I can get the girls to come, maybe Matthew Perry. Matt LeBlanc canceled last time right at the last minute, Schwimmer lives here [in New York City]…”
Martha Kaufman, co-creator of Friends, backed Cox up by saying, “It’s not happening. Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”
Friends ran for 10 seasons on NBC, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. It even is said to have had cultural impact during the run: “The Rachel” hairstyle that was copied all over the world, Joey’s catchphrase “How you doin’?” became a part of American slang, and Chandler’s habit of leaving a sentence unfinished for sarcasm started to affect young society’s speech patterns.
But now the six actors have moved on, each busy with film or television series. Cox is currently starring on ABC’s hit comedy Cougar Town. Jennifer Aniston has had enduring film success in movies such as Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers. Lisa Kudrow is starring in her third season of Web Therapy on Showtime. Matt LeBlanc stars as a fictional version of himself on the BBC Two/Showtime series Episodes. Matthew Perry is soon to star as Oscar Madison in a new television version of The Odd Couple and David Schwimmer has been working on and Off-Broadway in a handful of stage debuts.
However, especially with the joint Kimmel appearance last week, fans still continue to hope for a Rachel-Monica-Phoebe-Joey-Chandler-Ross reunion in the future.