News of an imminent Friends reunion created quite the buzz earlier this week.
However the excitement simmered down after it was revealed that what was thought to be a one-off episode was in fact a documentary, and then came the news Matthew Perry wouldn’t be in tow.
But offering an insight into the special broadcast, Perry, 46, better known as Chandler Bing, told how there will still be a gathering but just not exactly what fans were perhaps hoping for.
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‘It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for’: Matthew Perry will introduce the Friends special from London
‘The other five are going to be on this special’: Perry will be absent from the tribute for Jim Burrows but Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox will be in attendance
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Matthew told how he will introduce the televised tribute to their former sitcom director, Jim Burrows, from London.
But he added that while he will not be present in the US, his co-stars Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox will all join forces for the show.
He said: ‘It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for, they are celebrating Jim Burrows who was a director of Friends.
‘The other five [Friends] are going to be on this special and I am going to introduce them from London. I’m doing the play here so I can’t be there.’
Perry is due to make his West End debut in his own play The End Of Longing on February 2 at the Playhouse Theatre.
‘I can’t be there’: NBC execs had hinted on Wednesday that the six stars might reunite for the televised tribute to their former sitcom director however Perry will be in London performing in the West End
‘I knew it would be a success’: Matthew admitted he had no idea Friends would become such a phenomenon
Good company: Matthew joins Miriam Margolyes, Gemma Arterton and Jack Savoretti on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, 15th January at 10.35pm
Rehearsals: On Friday, Perry was spotted smoking a cigarette during a run through for The End Of Longing
Nicotine fix: The 46-year-old was dressed casual as he took some time out of the rehearsal schedule
I’ll be there for you! Matthew was joined by a friend as he stood outside smoking
Animated: Perry watched on as his friend became very animated during their conversation
While talking to Norton, Matthew admitted that although he was confident Friends would not flop, he had no idea it would become such a phenomenon.
The 46-year-old asserted: ‘I knew it would be a success and that we had something special, but I didn’t know the giant hit it would become.’
Catch Perry’s full interview on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, 15th January at 10.35pm.
A gathering of sorts: Five out of the six Friends will be appearing together in LA for the special tribute to Burrows which is set to air on February 21
Iconic: The sitcom ran from 1994 to 2004 on NBC and was a huge ratings winner, turning its previously unknown cast into A-list stars
Meanwhile on Wednesday, fans of the sitcom that ran from 1994 to 2004 reacted with excitement when a network executive suggested that Perry along with co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow would all be on hand for the televised tribute.
It would have marked the first time in more than a decade that the six would have been seen together on television.
However it seems not everyone got the memo about Perry’s unavailability for the NBC special which is set to air on February 21.
As keen Le Blanc retweeted the news of a Friends reunion, writing ‘Should be a fun time!’, and his tweet was later retweeted on Kudrow’s official Twitter feed.
Burrows, 75, has a long list of hit shows to his credit, among them Dharma and Greg, Frasier, 3rd Rock From The Sun and Cheers.
Beloved: Fans watched as the characters evolved over the course of a decade on television
Didn’t get the memo: LeBlanc and Kudrow both seemingly endorsed the notion of a Friends reunion. After LeBlanc tweeted ‘Should be a good time!’ Then Kudrow retweeted it
Excitement in the air: LeBlanc and Kudrow were clearly looking forward to the reunion
The fan favourite show lasted a decade and chronicled the lives of a group of tight-knit friends living in New York City.
But over the years, the stars have made no secret of why they are no longer interested in revisiting their characters or even reconnecting.
Cox recounted the obstacles she was often up against when trying to reunite her co-stars just for dinner during an interview on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2014.
‘Let me tell you something,’ she said. ‘There’s six friends and I’ve been trying to put together a cast dinner for 10 years. It doesn’t happen!’
‘I can get the girls to come, maybe Matthew Perry. Matt LeBlanc canceled last time right at the last minute. Schwimmer lives here [in New York City], so it’s just not gonna happen.’
Co-stars: Jennifer Aniston, pictured in Los Angeles in August, starred as Rachel, while David Schwimmer, pictured in New York in December, portrayed Ross
Not so fast: Courteney Cox, who starred as Monica on the sitcom, has described the the obstacles she encountered when trying to reconnect with her former co-stars. She’s pictured in Los Angeles in November
‘It doesn’t happen’: Cox, seen on January 13, told how while Aniston and Kudrow are usually available for catch ups she struggles to get the guys on side
Found a new friend: Courteney was spotted on Wednesday shopping at the Brentwood Country Mart
Kudrow has cited her age as the primary reason she isn’t interested in reprising her Friends role.
‘I’m too old,’ she told HuffPost Live in 2013. ‘I wouldn’t even have an interest in seeing what those people are doing 10 years later as parents that have to be responsible. It would be so different that it wouldn’t be Friends anymore.’
LeBlanc also believes the magic of Friends would be lost now that the characters are older.
‘Friends was about a finite period of time in your life, like after college and before your life really gets started. That’s sort of where you’re away from home and you’re away from college, and your friends are your family,’ he said onThe Meredith Viera Show.
‘Once that’s over, nobody wants to see Joey at his prostate exam,’ he joked.
One time deal: During an appearance on The Meredith Viera Show, Matt said Friends captured ‘a finite period of time in your life’
Paying tribute: James Burrows, pictured in LA in February 2014, will be the focus of the upcoming tribute show