Matt LeBlanc has categorically confirmed that a Friends reunion isn’t going to happen… Again.
Seriously. How many times do the stars of the hit sitcom need to spell it out before us hardened Friends fans get the message?
It’s been almost 10 years. 10 desolate and depressing Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Rachel and Joey-free years. But 10 years that do roughly add up to 10 years of denials.
Honestly, we are not on a break. Friends is well and truly over. It’s not as if the cast haven’t tried enough times to tell us…
This isn’t the first time LeBlanc has broken our hearts. He told Entertainment Weekly “I don’t want to see old Joey,” in 2012, adding that a reunion would “disappoint” and “let people down.” In the same year he said there were “no plans for anything like” a Friends movie, adding that it would be a bad idea.
Back in 2008, David Schwimmer said: “I’d like to say in regard to the rumours… there’s never been any talk of a Friends film.” Revisiting his confirmation in 2011, he said: “I really love how it ended. I think it was kind of a perfect ending and I can’t see any good reason to revisit it.”
Lisa Kudrow is also in agreement. And she has been since 2009, when she told US magazine: “It would be fun, but I don’t know. How? Why? Really?” She also told the LA Times last year that “there was never a Friends movie. Ever” adding: “I’ve always known it’s not happening. The creators have put them to rest. NBC has. I don’t know who else needs to say, ‘It’s really not happening.'”
In case that’s not enough to convince you, Jennifer Anniston has also quashed rumours. In 2012 she told The Hollywood Reporter: “Friends is not in a movie theatre. It doesn’t make sense to me. I think it would be going against its authentic self.” She’d already said “I don’t think so” of a reunion in 2009.
Matthew Perry has been equally as forthcoming. He tweeted in 2010: “Just to clear something up… I love Friends fans. It is just a little trying to hear the movie question 15 times a day for the last 6 years.” It seems he was still getting asked the question two years later, though, when he took to Twitter again to say there is “zero truth” in a 2014 Friends reunion. Last year he also told ABC news: “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good. [Friends] was so terrific. If we did a movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
And Courteney Cox has said nothing to suggest otherwise. In 2009 she said: “I just can’t imagine that happening.” She said something similar later in the same year: “No plans for a reunion. I can’t see it happening.” And confirmed her stance earlier this year on David Letterman’s Late Show, saying, “It’s not gonna happen,” before adding that it’s hard enough trying to get the cast together for dinner.
Even the show’s creator Marta Kauffman has remained clear that a reunion is a no-no, saying last year: “I’m going to clear this up – it’s not happening!”
I think it’s probably time we, with heavy hearts, put down our Central Perk coffee cups, grow out our ‘Rachels’ and accept that rumours of a reunion are just, to quote Joey, a moo point.
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