"It's not the Friends reunion that everybody's hoping for"
Matthew Perry has clarified his involvement in the ‘reunion’ of the Friends cast next month.
Perry has written a play called The End Of Longing, which opens at London’s Playhouse Theatre in February, and in which Perry will star.
Meanwhile, on February 21 a TV special will be held to commemorate the life of James Burrows, who directed more than 50 television pilots, including Friends‘, and co-created Cheers.
All of the Friends cast but Perry will appear together on the special – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer – while Perry will appear in a pre-taped segment.
Speaking to Graham Norton, he explained, “It’s not true [that we’re all getting together]. It’s not the Friends reunion that everybody’s hoping for. They’re celebrating Jim Burrows, who was a director of Friends and the five of them are going to be on this special and I’m going to introduce them from here because I’m doing the play here so I can’t be there.”
See the clip below.
Meanwhile, Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends, has denied that there will be a reunion movie.
News of the James Burrows tribute sparked rumours of a possible full-scale reunion. However, Kauffman has once again dismissed the idea as impossible.
“There will never be a Friends reunion movie,” she told E! News, echoing comments made in 2015 when she explained: “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”