Why a Friends reunion will never happen

They'll no longer be there for you.

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Friends The original friends gang Image Picture NBC

Friends aired its final episode more than a decade ago, but that hasn’t halted fan demand to see all six stars get back together.

Endless repeats (seriously, Friends is probably on some TV station as you read this right now) and this year’s NBC reunion special simply weren’t enough. The world needs, no, demands to find out what Rachel, Ross, Joey and co are doing today.

Sadly you’re all out of luck, because Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has said that are proper reunion will never happen. This despite constant pressure from network NBC to write new episodes for Jennifer Aniston and her Central Perk buddies.

“Friends was a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family.”

“They nag me all the time about it and my answer is that Friends was a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and in a weird way, this isn’t that different,” Kaufman told Deadline of Friends and her new show Grace and Frankie.

“Once you start having family of your own it changes, and the show was over. A show has a lifespan I believe, it has a lifespan like anything else, and there’s no reason to continue doing it just because people miss the characters.”

Kaufman has some simple advice for those still pining for more Friends: “Watch the old ones.” The producer noted that any new version would never be able to live up to the old classics.

“There’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it,” she said matter-of-factly.

With Matt LeBlanc busy on Top Gear (for now), Jennifer Aniston’s film career going from strength-to-strength and David Schwimmer now a director, the Friends all seem too busy to do it anyway.

We’ll always have the oldies.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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