The HBO Max special will reunite the cast after 17 years.
Could we BE any happier? The much-awaited Friends reunion is finally happening! David Schwimmer who played Ross in the beloved 90s sitcom confirmed that filming was going to happen... really soon! Speaking with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM on Wednesday, according to Good Morning America, the 54-year-old said, "Oh, it’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month, I’m heading out to LA. We figured out a way to film it safely, and there’s going to be a portion of it that we film outside because of, you know, for safety protocols." When asked who would host the reunion, he said "I don't know if I can actually [tell you.] That's a great question," Schwimmer quickly added. "I should have found that out. I can tell you it's not Ellen, and it's not Billy Crystal," Schwimmer said. "I can tell you who it's not, but that'll take a while, probably."
The show originally aired for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004 and won the hearts of millions of fans around the world. The 90s sitcom starred Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry. We first heard about the reunion back in February 2020 by HBO Max and the special was scheduled to premiere that May, but was delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Unfortunately it's very sad that we had to move it again," Aniston, 52, told Deadline in August. "It was, 'How do we do this with live audiences?' This is not a safe time. Period. That's the bottom line. It's not a safe time to do it." "It's going to be super," she added. "I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we're not going anywhere. You're never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You're stuck with us for life, guys."
Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, said back in January that she and her costars have already shot some scenes for the special, which reiterated it's not a reboot. "There are different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things," she said on the Literally! With Rob Lowe podcast as per PEOPLE. "I pre-shot something already so we're definitely doing it because I already shot a little something." The 57-year-old also clarified the cast will not be reprising their iconic Friends characters but will be on the special as themselves. "It's not a reboot. It's not like a scripted thing, we're not portraying our characters. It's us getting together, which just doesn't happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped."
Lisa Kudrow Says She’s Already ‘Pre-Shot’ Scenes for the Upcoming Friends Reunion: ‘It’ll Be Great’ https://t.co/OMktlCdzLD— People (@people) January 14, 2021
Speaking to EW, HBO chief Casey Bloys was asked to clarify Kudrow’s comments. He stated that they might be “doing some bits here and there” in regard to remote filming. However, he confirmed that the idea is for them to be together, and the reunion “will be this spring.” "I don't know exactly. I would imagine maybe they're doing some bits here and there. But yes, the idea is that they would be together. The COVID situation has been complicated — not just for this, but for television production across the board. So we're kind of dealing with that as it comes, but it will be this spring."