Never have the lyrics of the Friends theme song—“I’ll be there for you. . .”—rung falser than on Thursday, upon learning that the Friends reunion teased by NBC executives this week has already fallen through, only 24 hours after the initial announcement. It’s like NBC revived our dwindling 12-year-old hopes for sport, just to brutally stomp them out the next day.
As you’ll recall, NBC’s Robert Greenblatt dropped the news during the network’s TCA panel this week, when he revealed that plans for a February tribute to legendary sitcom producer James Burrows included reuniting the Friends stars for a very special homage.
“I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at same time,” Greenblatt admitted after dropping the bombshell. “I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off.”
On Thursday, though, Lisa Kasteler, a representative for Matthew Perry confirmed that this absolutely will not happen, and claimed that Greenblatt knew that was the case when he talked to reporters on Wednesday.
“Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on Feb. 2 at the playhouse Theatre,” the rep wrote. “NBC executives were aware of this prior to their TCA announcement yesterday. . .Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”
Well, if the other five cast members are available, maybe Vanessa Bayer, Friends impressionist extraordinaire, can fill in with her own Chandler?