Marta Kauffman Reveals Why a ‘Friends’ Reunion Will Never Happen

The last episode of Friends aired in 2004, and 15 years later people are still upset. The show was one of the most popular of its generation, with dynamic, likable characters that audiences could truly connect with. Even before the show aired its series finale, people were hoping for a spin-off or a reboot so they could continue living in the world of Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe. 

Unfortunately, a reboot never happened, and a spin-off called Joey barely lasted two seasons. Jennifer Aniston (who played Rachel) has had some great ideas but fans are still waiting for more.

A recent interview with Marta Kauffman, one of the show’s creators, has dampened any hope longtime fans have had for a reunion. But why will a Friends reunion never happen? Kauffman shares some insight.

Marta Kauffman says a reunion would be a let down

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Marta Kauffman reveals why a Friends reunion will never happen. She believes that, frankly, it would be a major let down and not at all the warm, fuzzy special that everyone is thinking it would be.

“All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone,” Kauffman stated. “I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. A reunion could only disappoint.” Marta Kauffman went on to jokingly dub the reunion as “The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed.”

Matthew Perry has been insistent he doesn’t want to do a reunion

While some of the cast members have gotten back together for mini-reunions (discussed below) and contemplated the idea of an actual reunion special, there has been one cast member insistent that he doesn’t want to do one. That would be Matthew Perry, who played the role of Chandler Bing in Friends

One big reason is that Perry, who has had an ongoing battle with prescription drug use and alcoholism, really needs to spend time focusing on his own health. But another reason is he just feels like it wouldn’t be good for his mental health.

In fact, Perry states that he has nightmares about a Friends 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?”

Fans will have to hang onto the mini-reunions

Although there hasn’t been a reunion of the entire Friends cast, there have been a few surprise mini-reunions that fans can hang onto in the absence of the “real big deal.”

One of the funniest of these occurred on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel convinced Courteney Cox (who played Monica), Lisa Kudrow (who played Phoebe), and Jennifer Aniston to read his “fan fiction” with him. The fan fiction hilariously portrayed Kimmel as Ross, who all three girls (even Monica, his sister) wanted to have sex with. It was a fun, light-hearted (if awkward) reunion for the female half of the cast.

Another time there was a Friends reunion was when Courteney Cox launched her Instagram account. The very first picture she posted to the account was of her and Lisa Kudrow on The Ellen DeGeneres Show together. She wittingly captioned the image with “Hello Instagram! I’m here with a little help from my friends…”