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Ever since we found out a Friends reunion was officially on the way, we haven't been able to contain our excitement. After a long time spent wondering "will they, won't they?" the reunion episode was finally confirmed by the cast back in February 2020.
The one-off episode, which comes after the show's 25th anniversary, was originally supposed to air in May of last year. Filming was delayed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic, before production was delayed for a second time, originally with "no new target date."
The good news is, we now do have a new target date: praise be to David Schwimmer who has given fans an update on the reunion.
“It’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month I’m heading out to LA," he told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM Radio Andy show. "So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there’s going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols.”
He was also quizzed on who would be hosting the reunion, but remained tight-lipped about the mystery guest.
“I can tell you it’s not Ellen and it’s not Billy Crystal,” he said. “I can tell you who it’s not, but that’ll take a while, probably.”
Explaining the producers' decision, she told Deadline, "Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again. 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. [But] it’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been.
"So 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 suck with us for life guys."
The 15-year reunion of Monica Geller, Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffay, Ross Geller, Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani was officially announced by the Friends cast in simultaneous Instagram posts back in February 2020.
Each sharing the same picture from their 1985 Rolling Stone cover, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer all posted a unanimous caption, "It's happening..." Meanwhile, Matt LeBlanc went rogue and posted a picture of the M*A*S*H cast with the same caption, obviously.
Speaking about the reunion, Courteney Cox said on a podcast with Kevin Nealon: "I'm so excited. We're going to have the best time. It's going to be great."
Details of the TV show are still unknown, but it's said to be an hour-long unscripted special. The reunion will take the form of "a retrospective [episode] and interviews with the cast," reports WSJ.
Ben Winston, who produces James Corden's Late Late Show, also took to Instagram to confirm that he is directing and producing the reunion.
With the cast previously turning down their original offer of $1 million each to appear in the reunion episode, reports now suggest that the cast could be earning between $2.25 million and $2.5 million each for the show.
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