An upcoming Friends reunion will be one pal short as Matthew Perry will not be making a live appearance with his former castmates.
On Wednesday (13Jan16), Robert Greenblatt, the entertainment chairman of America’s NBC network, announced the beloved sitcom’s six stars, Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, would be reuniting to pay tribute to comedy director James Burrows during a TV special.
During his big reveal, Greenblatt noted, “Hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I’m not sure we can logistically pull that off.”
And on Thursday (14Jan16), fans hoping for a full reunion were left disappointed after a representative for Perry confirmed he would not be able to appear at the Los Angeles ceremony due to prior commitments in the U.K.
“Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on Feb. 2 at the Playhouse Theatre,” his rep writes in a statement. “NBC executives were aware of this prior to their announcement yesterday. Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”
Perry began rehearsals for the show earlier this month (Jan16), and he will be making his debut as a playwright when his dark comedy premieres in London’s West End in February (16).
Meanwhile, the James Burrows tribute, which will also feature a reunion of the cast from Will and Grace, will tape on 24 January (16) and air next month (Feb16).
– Cover Media0