Watch Matthew Perry clarify his involvement in Friends ‘reunion’

"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.”