The stars of America’s greatest comedies – including Friends, Cheers, Taxi and The Big Bang Theory – have got together for one night only to honour director James Burrows.
Friends actors Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox were interviewed by host Andy Cohen for the show, which will air in the US later this month on NBC.
The only cast member absent is Matthew Perry, who is currently starring in the play The End Of Longing in London’s West End and was unable to make it.
During the clip, Cohen asks the cast: “Did you all sign contracts saying that you wouldn’t sleep with each other?”
A visibly shocked Lisa Kudrow looks to David Schwimmer and pleads: “David, say something.”
And fans of the show will have to wait until the tribute is aired to find out the answer to the question. NBC revealed in January that they were planning a Friends reunion of sorts, with Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt saying: “I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at the same time. I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off.”
It seems they couldn’t.
As of now, there are no further plans for an actual revisit to the series, although guest star Dermot Mulroney told Loaded recently that he would be in favour of a return. Mulroney played Rachel’s co-worker Gavin Mitchell during the ninth series in 2002.
The two-hour NBC special A Tribute To James Burrows is set to air on February 21. There are as yet no plans for it to be shown in the UK.
A film of Friends has inevitably long been rumoured, but all six actors have repeatedly denied any claims of it actually becoming a reality. Perry’s play opened on Tuesday and runs until May 14, after which NBC’s full reunion plans may yet come off.
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