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 — and finally, the day is here, and the episode (dubbed 'The One Where They Get Back Together') will stream tonight (27th May) at 8pm on Sky One.
And as if things couldn't get anymore interesting, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer (who played on-off couple Rachel and Ross in the show) have revealed that the chemistry on-screen was also there in real-life.
Speaking to host James Corden during Friends: The Reunion, the two actors admitted they both had feelings for each other before their characters got together.
In the words of Janice: 'Oh. My. Gawwd.'
'The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,' said Schwimmer, with Aniston saying this 'was reciprocated'.
'At some point we were both crushing hard on each other, but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship,' Schwimmer continued. 'And we never crossed that boundary. You know, we respected that, but we both…'
Here, Schwimmer was interrupted by Matt LeBlanc insisting that the above claim of never taking their relationship further was 'bullshit', but the famous pair continued to insist that their first kiss was the one as Ross and Rachel we all saw on screen in Central Perk in season two.
'Honestly,' Jennifer responded. 'And I remember saying one time to David, "it's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television". Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. But we just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.'
We'll definitely be watching that particular pairing even more closely during tonight's show.
Friends: The Reunion, aka 'The One Where They Get Back Together', is available to watch in the UK tonight (Thursday 27th May) at 8pm on Sky One, but it's already been released on NOW to coincide with the US release.
Plus, there's an official trailer for the show to watch, if you haven't seen it already. Featuring the clips from the episode, the snippet gives us a glimpse of the Friends cast back on set as they discuss and recreate scenes from the series, with the tagline, 'The one we've been waiting for is finally here'.
We also see James Corden hosting and Cara Delevingne recreating Rachel's iconic pink bridesmaid's dress, as well as the cast re-reading old scripts. Plus, it looks like there will be plenty of tears, with Jennifer Aniston heard saying 'where's the tissue box?'
We've also been allowed a first glimpse at the cast on the set of the project. Released on Instagram by PEOPLE, the pictures not only show the whole group sitting in a group running lines together, but they also show, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe sitting together on the sofa in Monica's apartment. Could we BE any happier?
As for who will be taking part, viewers will be getting much more than expected, with a line up of massive stars joining the sitcom's original cast.
Of course, we'll be seeing the return of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc as Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross and Joey.
On top of that, the cast will be joined by some old Friends supporting stars, including Reese Witherspoon who played Jill, as well as Maggie Wheeler (Janice), James Michael Tyler (Gunther) and Tom Selleck (Richard).
Along with the main six, a list of huge celebrity guests are expected to appear, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, BTS, Cara Delevingne, Mindy Kaling, James Corden, Malala Yousafzai and Justin Bieber. Told you it was big!
A teaser trailer for the reunion was also previously released, showing the six main cast members walking arm-in-arm to a slowed down version of the show's iconic theme tune. OK: it's officially time to get excited.
Courteney Cox added, 'This kind of thing doesn’t happen every year, or even every 10, or 15 years. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to reunite with my Friends... and it was better than ever.'
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'.
Back in March, David Schwimmer gave fans a much-anticipated update, revealing that the reunion episode was set to film in April.
'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.'
Schwimmer 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 stuck with us for life guys.'
The 15-year reunion was officially announced by the Friends cast in simultaneous Instagram posts back in February 2020.
Each sharing the same picture from their 1995 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.'
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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