Rest of cast are expected to appear together in a NBC tribute show in February
Actor Matthew Perry has ruled himself out of the upcoming Friends reunion.
It was previously announced that the cast of Friends would appear on TV together for what would be the first time in over a decade.
Most of the original cast are still expected to appear on NBC’s tribute to sitcom director James Burrows on February 21.
However, a representative of Perry has stated that he will not be present because “he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing… Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”
The statement added that “NBC executives were aware of this prior to their announcement”.
Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends as well as working on Will and Grace, Mike and Molly, Frasier, and Cheers which he co-created. Cast members from all of the shows are expected to appear on the tribute episode.
NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt previously said that attempts at getting all six Friends stars “in the same room at the same time” would cause problems: “I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off” he told reporters. One potential stumbling bloc could be Matthew Perry, currently appearing on the West End stage in London.
Matt LeBlanc seemed excited about the tribute show and posted the following tweet (which was retweeted by Lisa Kudrow).
Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman ruled out a reunion during a 2015 interview, saying it would “never happen” and that fans had to “let it go”.