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'Friends' Reunion Special Officially Confirmed for HBO Max

The Friends reunion special is officially happening!

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will reunite for the unscripted special, which will premiere on the upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

The reunion special will premiere on the date that HBO Max debuts, which hasn’t yet been determined, though we know it will be in May 2020. The full series of Friends will also be available to stream on the launch date.

The special will be filmed on Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in Burbank, Calif, where the show was filmed. Series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman will also be involved.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max (via THR). “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends — and audiences — gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

READ MORE: The Friends cast’s paydays for the special will be HUGE!

David Schwimmer Addresses 'Friends' Co-Star Matthew Perry's 'Big News Coming...' Tweet!

David Schwimmer is clearing the air about the rumored Friends reunion!

Quizzed by hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones on BBC’s The One Show on Tuesday (February 11), the 53-year-old actor refused to confirm or deny the prospect of a reunion, saying: “First of all, I’m so glad I finally get to answer this question,” he joked. “I really wish I could confirm or deny. There’s nothing official to report.”

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David was then asked if Friends co-star Matthey Perry‘s mysterious tweet last week that said, “Big news coming…,” had anything to do with the potential Friends reunion.

“Maybe Matthew Perry is pregnant,” David said. “There’s nothing official to report.”

David and his five co-stars of the beloved series are reportedly in talks for an hour-long reunion special to air on HBO Max.

Pictured: David Schwimmer taking part in a Q&A at the Sky TV, Up Next Event at Tate Modern on Wednesday (February 12) in support of his new series Intelligence in London, England.

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Here's How Much the Cast of 'Friends' Could Make for Reunion Special!

The cast of Friends might be raking in some serious cash.

The six stars of the beloved series – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry – are reportedly in talks for an hour-long reunion special to air on HBO Max, where Friends will stream after leaving Netflix at the end of 2019.

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Now, different outlets are reporting different amounts that the cast might earn for doing the special.

Deadline reported that the offer could be in the range of $3-4 million, while Wall Street Journal puts it closer to the $2.5 million mark.

UPDATE: When the special was confirmed on February 21, THR reported that the cast negotiated together and will earn between $2.5 million and $3 million each for the special.

'Friends' Reunion Special Moving Forward, Cast Expected to Return!

After being put on hold, it looks like the Friends reunion special is going forward after all!

The hour-long special will help launch the upcoming streaming service HBO Max, which will house the Friends library.

Deadline reports that the unscripted reunion special has neared a deal and that the cast members – David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc – are all expected to return.

The outlet also reports that each of the six stars will net be paid around $3-4 million, which equates to what Netflix commonly pays top comedians to headline hour-long specials.

ICYMI, the last member of the Friends stars just joined Instagram – see who it was here!

David Schwimmer Responds to Allegations Over Friends' Lack of Diversity, Sexist Jokes & More

David Schwimmer is responding to allegations that Friends has instances of sexism, transphobia, fat shaming, and more in episodes that aired from 1994-2004.

Examples fans have brought up in the past include constant jokes about Monica’s (Courteney Cox) weight and Ross asking the male nanny if he is gay.

“I don’t care. The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships. The pilot of the show was my character’s wife left him for a woman and there was a gay wedding, of my ex and her wife, that I attended,” David told The Guardian. David played Ross on the show.

He continued, “I feel that a lot of the problem today in so many areas is that so little is taken in context. You have to look at it from the point of view of what the show was trying to do at the time. I’m the first person to say that maybe something was inappropriate or insensitive, but I feel like my barometer was pretty good at that time. I was already really attuned to social issues and issues of equality.”

“Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends,” he continued. “But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour. One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part.”

“It’s interesting also how the show handled the Judaism of the characters,” David added. “I don’t think that was earth-shattering or groundbreaking at all, but I for one was glad that we had at least one episode where it wasn’t just about Christmas. It was also Hanukkah and, even though I played the Hanukkah armadillo, I was glad that we at least acknowledged the differences in religious observation.”

David also added, “I’m very aware of my own privilege as a heterosexual white male whose parents were able to pay for a private education for me. I’ve always felt a sense of responsibility to give back and to call things out if I see an abuse of power.”

Those hoping for a Friends reunion special might be upset by this news.

Courteney Cox Posted an Epic 'Friends' Throwback Photo of 'Last Supper' Before Finale

Courteney Cox is sharing an epic throwback pic of the Friends cast sitting down for a “last supper” before they filmed the series finale episode!

The 55-year-old Cougar Town actress took to Instagram on Thursday (January 23) to take fans on a trip down memory lane.

The snap features Courteney and her co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc chowing down together at a table overflowing with food.

“‘The Last Supper’ before taping ‘The Last One’ on Jan 23, 2004. #tbt #friends,” Courteney Cox captioned it.

She also included a shot of the cover of the finale’s script, penned by the show’s creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

“😭😭😭,” Jennifer Aniston commented, while comedian Whitney Cummings added, “You and Jens hands are on so many thighs lol.”

See the photo here!

ICYMI, the Friends reunion special has been put on hold for now. Find out why.

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'Friends' Reunion Special Put On Hold For Now - Find Out Why!

Fans are in no doubt excited for any possible Friends reunion, especially the one that was discussed at HBO Max.

However, WarnerMedia told press today (January 15) during the 2020 Winter TCA Tour that the special has been put on hold for now.

“There is interest all around and yet we can’t get the interests all alighted to push the button on it,” HBO Max’s Chief Creative Officer Kevin Reilly shared about the special. “Today it’s just maybe.”

Deadline reports that “negotiations had recently come to a standstill in an impasse over money”.

Friends, in its’ entirety, will be streaming on HBO Max when the streaming service launches.

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