Which star was the only one who had to audition twice? All is revealed in NBC special
A new extended clip from the Friends reunion has been revealed and it all gets a little bit awkward between the cast.
During NBC’s tribute to comedy producer James Burrows, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Jennifer Anniston (Matthew Perry was unable to attend) were busy reflecting on their time on the show when one of the stars makes a surprising discovery.
Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, found out that she was the only member of the cast who had to audition for the part twice, with her famous co-stars seeming amused by her reaction to the news.
Explaining that she was called back to face Burrows, Kudrow says: “But I had to come in and audition for Jimmy,” before Cox replied: “Did you?”
While Kudrow seemed unfazed by the revelation, going on to thank Burrows for eventually casting her, he instead flashed an awkward smile.
The new clip also sees Schwimmer telling host Andy Cohen how Burrows went on to help him direct some episodes during Friends’ 10-year run.
Perry, who played Chandler Bing in the comedy series, was unable to attend due to stage work in London so instead, recorded an introduction for the other cast members. He has written a play called The End Of Longing, which is showing at London’s Playhouse Theatre throughout February.
Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends as well as working on Will and Grace, Mike and Molly, Frasier, and Cheers which he co-created.
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”.
An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows airs on Sunday, February 21 at 9pm on NBC.