Long-Awaited Friends Reunion Special Rescheduled for March 2021, Says Matthew Perry

Eric Todisco
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HBO Max's highly-anticipated Friends reunion special — which is set to bring the core cast back together on the NBC comedy's original soundstage — has been rescheduled for March 2021, star Matthew Perry said Thursday on Twitter.

"Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March," tweeted the actor, 51. "Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that's the way I like it!"

The reunion was first announced in February by HBO Max and was scheduled to premiere in May, but was delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer are all set to participate.

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"Unfortunately it's very sad that we had to move it again," Aniston, 51, told Deadline in August. "It was, 'How do we do this with live audiences?' This is not a safe time. Period. That's the bottom line. It's not a safe time to do it."

"It's going to be super," she added at the time. "I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we're not going anywhere. You're never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You're stuck with us for life, guys."

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After confirming in May that the reunion had been pushed back, former WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said they still planned on taping the special in front of a live studio audience on the original soundstage in Burbank, California, just like during the beloved sitcom's 10-season run.

"We do think there's a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together," he said. "And we didn't want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms."

All 236 episodes of the series are streaming on HBO Max.