They’ll be there for you!
During a Thursday appearance on SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy,” “Friends” alum David Schwimmer revealed that the cast of the iconic NBC sitcom is finally reuniting for an HBO Max special.
“It’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month I’m heading out to L.A.,” the actor told host Andy Cohen. “Finally we figured out a way to film it safely and there’s gonna be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of safety protocols.”
Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on the hit program, also confirmed that neither Ellen DeGeneres nor Billy Crystal is hosting the reunion.
News of a “Friends” reunion was first confirmed in February 2020 after Variety reported that an exclusive untitled, unscripted special would be streamed on HBO Max.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reunion was postponed.
In January, Schwimmer’s co-star Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, said on the “Literally! With Rob Lowe” podcast that the special would be filmed sometime in “early spring.”
Kudrow also revealed that she has already shot a pre-taped segment for the reunion.
“There’s different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things. I pre-shot something already, so we’re definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something,” she said. “I think it’ll be great.”
In August 2020, “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman told “Entertainment Tonight” that she wanted to postpone production on the special until they were able to film in front of a live audience.
“We all want it to happen. We just have to wait until it is safe. This is a show that is not scripted, but this is the way the show works — we are going to need a live audience. Even if we socially distance that live audience, it really is a huge part of what ‘Friends’ is... We cannot do it without them,” she said.
“Everyone is all in and we are just waiting for that time when it feels connected to bring in a live audience.”
The legendary comedy — which also starred Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Perry — premiered in September 1994 and ran for 10 seasons until May 2004.