David Schwimmer tells fans not to get too excited about what has been labelled a Friends reunion.
On Saturday, Schwimmer attended FX’s TCA panel and reported that calling the two-hour NBC special a “Friends Reunion” is “completely inaccurate.”
The special, which is set to air on February 21st, was said to have all six original cast members. It’s now revealed that Matthew Perry will be unable to attend the taping.
And what is Friends without Chandler? Schwimmer said:
“I mean, in no way is it a Friends reunion when one member is out of the country.”
Perry will be in London at the time of taping working on his newest project. He will be a part of a play called “The End of Longing” and rehearsals just happen to line up with the taping of the Friends special.
But the show must go on! The special is honouring the Friends director, James Burrows and while the whole cast can’t be there…the majority of them can.
Fans have yet to see a full reunion of all six members since 2004 when the show ended, but Perry will be there in spirit and will even introduce the rest of the cast from London on video. Schwimmer told reporters:
“But look, it’s a great event. We all love James Burrows and I’m sure Matthew Perry would be there if he could, but he’s working in London. Maybe one day there will be [a reunion], but this will not be it. (…) Look, I think it’s lovely. I love that people are that into the show and I would love to see the six of us together and I’m sure one day we will be.”
On Saturday, he also interviewed with People magazine and told them that his own daughter is now watching Friends! He said:
“I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old daughter and I came home once and saw that my wife was watching an episode with her. It was a lovely experience but also quite strange to see that my daughter is looking at me walk in the room. Literally she screamed, ‘Daddy, you’re on TV.’ It was really sweet.”
Fans of the show may be disappointed, but if Ross is holding out hope for a full reunion in the future, we should too!