Fans have been dreaming of a Friends reunion ever since the beloved NBC sitcom aired its final episode on May 6, 2004, and now, that dream is officially a reality. “It’s happening,” Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer confirmed on Instagram on Friday. (The news also explains why Perry recently joined the platform.)
Speculation has abounded about a Friends reunion for years, with Kudrow and others involved with the show insisting that it would never happen. Apparently, “never” is now, with Variety reporting that each of the six stars will receive at least $2.5 million for appearing in the exclusive unscripted special.
It’s unclear what, exactly, “unscripted” means in this context; we know the reunion will take place on the original Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, but will there be any sort of structure? Or will Kudrow, LeBlanc, Aniston, Cox, Perry, and Schwimmer simply improvise? (One can’t help but think of the season 2 episode “The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies,” in which LeBlanc’s character Joey Tribbiani gets his Days of Our Lives character killed off for telling a reporter he wrote his own lines.)
Whatever form it takes, we can’t wait to see what twists and turns the Friends gang’s lives have taken over the past 14 years. Are Ross and Rachel still together—or are they on another break? Are Monica and Chandler’s now-teenage twins on TikTok? Is Phoebe a full-time GOOP employee? Is anyone going to address Joey’s failed spinoff? We’ll just have to wait and see, but at least we’re going to finally get The One With All the Answers.