Dang, we had our hopes up.
Yesterday, it was announced that the cast of F.R.I.E.N.D.S would be reuniting on NBC for a 2-hour special to pay tribute veteran TV director James Burrows’ 1,000th episode.
While the news made fans cheer, cry tears of joy, and keel over and die of happiness, NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt did hint that there was a possibility that all 6 cast members (Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer) wouldn’t be able to be in the same room at the same time, though he hoped that they would.
It has been 12 years since the full cast were together, after all. Alas, it seems like our worst fear has been confirmed.
A representative for Matthew Perry aka “Chanandler Bong” won’t be able to appear in person for the F.R.I.E.N.D.S reunion.
“Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on 2nd February at the playhouse Theatre. NBC executives were aware of this prior to their TCA announcement yesterday,” Lisa Kasteler wrote in an email to reporters.
“Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for,” she added.
Sigh. Could we BE any more disappointed? Let’s keep our fingers crossed anyway and hope that Matthew’s tape will come through.
The 2-hour NBC special will air on 21st February.