Questions about the possibility of a “Friends” reunion began being asked immediately after the iconic sitcom ended its run in 2004, and rumours that the Central Perk Six could someday reunite continue to surface thanks to the flurry of recent TV revivals, ranging from Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” to NBC’s “Will & Grace” reboot.
And while stars and producers of “Friends” continue to say it’s unlikely to happen, series co-creator Marta Kauffman is issuing the firmest denial yet, disappointing fans by insisting there will “never” be a “Friends” reunion.
“Nope! Never happening,” Kauffman told Us Weekly at a recent screening for her latest series, “Grace and Frankie, featuring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as frenemies who are left only with each other when their husbands reveal they’re gay and plan to get married to each other.
“I know, [rumours] happen all the time!” Kaufman declared, adding definitively: “Not happening. Not ever.”
Kauffman’s comments echo remarks she made last year as she marvelled at the “shocking” level of popularity the show still maintains while discussing “Grace and Frankie” during the Television Critics Association press tour..
“For me, why go back to that territory again?” she noted at the time, adding: “I will say there will never be a ‘Friends’ reunion movie.”
Jennifer Aniston recently joked about what the show would look like if it were revived in this age of smartphones.
“We were jokingly saying that if ‘Friends’ was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones,” Aniston quipped during a podcast appearance. “There would be no actual episodes or conversations.”