All of the ‘Friends’ Cast’s Opinions on a Televised Reunion and Where They Are Now — Not Everyone Wants to Return to Central Perk
The Friends cast is well aware of how influential their hit late-’90s, early 2000s sitcom was — but it doesn’t mean they want to profit off a reunion anytime soon. While some of the cast members are nostalgic for the conversations at Central Perk and apartment drama, others want to leave a good thing alone.
So where are we now? We rounded up the info on your six favorite ‘friends’ as well as their opinions on the hypothetical televised reunion that fans wish would become a reality.
Matthew Perry — ‘Chandler Bing’
Matthew Perry played everyone’s favorite sarcastic, goofy, and ultimately good guy, Chandler Bing. Since Friends Perry has held a few roles on various television shows. He most recently played the lead in a play he wrote, The End of Longing, which premiered in 2016 in London and transferred Off-Broadway in 2017. He wrote the play to mirror his struggle with alcohol and Vicodin addiction and recovery and recently underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.
While Perry isn’t starring in as high-profile shows as Friends, his comments about a reunion indicate he’s enjoying staying out of the spotlight. In June 2017 he explained why he wouldn’t want a reunion. “I have this recurring nightmare — I’m not kidding about this. When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do ‘Friends’ again and nobody cares. We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is: we ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”
He also confirmed every fan’s worst fears: there’s been no real talk of a televised reunion. Perry couldn’t even attend the informal cast reunion due to commitments for The End of Longing.
Lisa Kudrow — Phoebe Buffay
Kudrow hasn’t given a direct answer about whether or not she’d participate in a reunion, but most of her comments on the subject seem to indicate she wouldn’t. Still, her experiences as a former sitcom star contributed to her lead role in the single-season HBO series The Comeback where Kudrow acted as a star, co-creator, writer, and executive producer.
Kudrow has guest-starred on multiple TV shows since Friends‘ end including BoJack Horseman, Cougar Town (which Courteney Cox stars on), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Scandal. She’s appeared in popular comedy films like Easy A, Neighbors, and Hotel for Dogs.
Kudrow told Conan O’Brien that while streaming services are “rebooting everything,” she doesn’t see a reboot working for Friends. “That was about people in their 20s, 30s … the show isn’t about people in their 40s and 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad.”
Kudrow gave a similar response when Today’s Savannah Guthrie asked her if she’d consider a reunion, saying she didn’t see “[an official reunion] happening.”
Matt LeBlanc — Joey Tribbiani
Matt LeBlanc may have starred in a Showtime television sitcom based on his experience as an actor post-Friends, but he has zero interest in revisiting the actual set of the show. Episodes is an American remake of a BBC show by the same name. The American audience remake was written by Friends co-creator David Crane and follows an ex-star of a cult sitcom as he tries to find work.
LeBlanc has said on multiple occasions he simply doesn’t want to do a Friends reunion and gave a similar response to Kudrow.
“People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family. To go back and revisit all these years later, well I don’t know what the story would be now. They would all have moved on from that period so it just wouldn’t be the same,” he told Mail Online.
“Put bluntly, I don’t think anybody wants to see an old Joey having a colonoscopy,” he joked.
Courteney Cox — Monica Geller
Courteney Cox joined Friends as the most famous actor cast on the series. She’d previously appeared in films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and shows like Seinfeld. She was first known for appearing in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” music video after the legend pulled her on-stage.
Since Friends, Cox has become most famous for her lead in the sitcom Cougar Town which follows a newly-single 40-something woman searching for new experiences in dating and life. Amidst the show’s success, talk of a Friends reunion movie resurfaced especially after the Sex and the City cast experienced a positive reaction to their movies.
Still, as of 2015, Cox had a fairly definitive response to hopefuls: “Let it go. We’re not doing it! It’s just not going to happen,” she told Yahoo’d Myself. She did advocate for a Monica spin-off movie, however, which she titled Hanging With Monica.
David Schwimmer — Ross Geller
Schwimmer acted as star and director of a few shows and films (including a few episodes of Friends!) during and after his reign as Ross Geller. His recent successful roles included portraying Robert Kardashian in the first season of the FX anthology series American Crime Story, voicing Melman the giraffe in the Madagascar films, and adapting short feature films by Sigal Avin about workplace sexual harassment for a U.S. audience.
It’s a ‘no’ from Schwimmer for a Friends reunion, and his reasons echo Kudrow and LeBlanc’s. “Look, the thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers,” he said on Megyn Kelly Today. “I doubt it — I really doubt it. But thank you for asking, and moving on!”
Jennifer Aniston — Rachel Green
Jennifer Aniston arguably benefitted the most from the show as she was relatively unknown prior to her leading role as Rachel Green and became the most successful cast member following the show’s end. So it makes sense that Aniston is the most eager to see a Friends reunion happen. She notably turned down a role as a featured player on Saturday Night Live to play Rachel and became the highest-paid TV actress of all time along with Cox and Kudrow, making $1 million per Friends episode for the final two seasons.
Aniston went on to become the queen of the Rom-Com and has an estimated net worth of $220 million. She’s the spokesperson for natural skin products Aveeno and Live Proof and partners with high-profile charities like St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Aniston most recently excited fans about the potential of a reunion while appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Degeneres asked her if a reunion was “even in the realm of possibility,” to which Aniston answered; “Anything is a possibility, Ellen. Anything!” And while the reunion would likely get sky-high ratings, it doesn’t sound like Aniston has her ex-co-stars’ support.
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