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We’re either getting a Friends reunion or Matthew Perry is pregnant

At least, that’s what Ross himself, David Schwimmer, had to say on a recent talk show appearance. Reports say the cast is in talks for an upcoming HBO Max special.
Eat like Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) with Friends now streaming on Netflix.

If you’ve ever walked by a fountain and pictured yourself dancing in it while the Rembrandts played in the background, boy, do we have news for you.

The core six cast members or the titanic 90s (and early 2000s) sitcom Friends are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to appear on an hourlong special.

The unscripted, panel-style show would be part of the May launch of HBO Max, HBO’s latest foray into on-demand streaming content. The platform will feature many of the properties HBO acquired in its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner in 2018, along with the complete run of Big Bang Theory, South Park, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends episodes.

Friends has been a boon for streaming services. According to a New York Times report, Netflix paid WarnerMedia $100 million to stream it for an extra year after previously paying only $30 million a year, but will lose the show when it goes to HBO Max.

HBO Max is counting on Friends to be a major draw for subscribers.


According to Hollywood news website Deadline, Jennifer Anniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow are all set to return for the special.

Negotiations for the appearance started in 2019 with reunion rumors fueled by an Instagram post from Jennifer Aniston showing the cast all together. The deal seemed like it wasn’t happening as the new year rolled around, but Deadline reported an agreement was close to being reached at a total price tag around $20 million.

Matthew Perry further fueled speculation last week when he tweeted one sentence, “Big news coming…”

David Schwimmer was asked about the tweet on UK talk show The One Show, but played coy.

“I really wish that I could confirm or deny. There’s nothing official to report, unfortunately,” Schwimmer said. “I can say that maybe Matthew Perry is pregnant.”

Friends originally ran on NBC from 1994-2004, helping usher in the era of “must see TV” and is widely regarded as one of the most popular shows in television history. When it aired, the cast became the highest paid in history, earning $1 million per episode in the final seasons.

There’s no word on whether Marcel, Ross’s white-haired capuchin, will return as well.