David Schwimmer has confirmed that a much-anticipated Friends reunion special, which was scheduled to take place in May last year but was postponed because of the pandemic, is going ahead.
Speaking on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, Schwimmer hinted that the reunion could be just weeks away. "It's happening. Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to LA.
“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.”
Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar in the show, did not reveal who would be hosting the reunion, but did eliminate some possible contenders. "I can tell you it's not Ellen (DeGeneres) and it's not Billy Crystal," Schwimmer said. "I can tell you who it's not, but that'll take a while, probably.”
The reunion will include all six cast members: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Schwimmer, as well as the show’s co-creators, Marta Kauffman and David Krane. It will be the first time that the entire cast will be seen on screen together since the show drew to a close in 2004.
The special is still set to be filmed on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros Studio lot in Los Angeles, which is the same stage that the sitcom was filmed on for 10 years.
“Guess you could call this ‘The One Where They Get Back Together,'” HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement in February 2020. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”
The show ran from 1994 to 2004 and consisted of 236 episodes. It went on to become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time and was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, 10 Golden Globe Awards and 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But those expecting the return of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe may be disappointed. "It is not a reboot, it is not like a scripted thing, we are not portraying our characters," Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, has previously said.
“It is us getting together, which just doesn't happen and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped."