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. 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 Matthew Perry, who has given us an update on the reunion, revealing the news on Twitter in November 2020.
Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that's the way I like it!
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) November 12, 2020
"Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that's the way I like it!" he wrote, in a tweet which has since had over 26,000 retweets.
Understandably, Friends fans are over the moon about the news. "COULD I BE MORE EXCITED," one wrote, while another added, "Buzzing for this." Someone else said, "Omg I can’t wait."
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.
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 and has been rumoured to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. 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.
A Friends reunion has been on the cards for months, with Jennifer Aniston teasing that the original cast were "working on something" in November last year. Meanwhile, Matthew Perry also fuelled rumours in February by cryptically tweeting, "Big news coming..."
Well, we finally know what the "big news" is, and it's all we dreamed of and more. Now we just need to figure out what to do with ourselves until then.
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