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The 'Friends' Reunion In Danger of Not Happening Now Due to Financial Issues

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By Zachary Holt

The beloved 90s sitcom show Friends that has become a mainstay on streaming networks and television channels announced last year that a reunion was in the works, leading fans to be undeniably excited. However, the anticipation might have to be curtailed a bit, as recent news is indicating that the filming may not happen.

The reasons for the hold up on filming stems from contractual disputes and other financial disagreements between the production cast and the cast members. Deadline has released a new report detailing what exactly is going on within the negotiations and if it's likely we'll ever see the cast sitting back at the Central Perk coffee shop.

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Financial and Contractual Disputes Threaten to Derail Reunion Possibility

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The reunion was slated to appear on HBO's Max network, but things aren't looking promising for a sequel. HBO Max's Chief Creative Officer, Kevin Reilly, recently discussed what's going on with the show and if we can expect the disputes to resolve themselves. Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he said, "There is interest all around and yet we can't get the interests all alighted to push the button on it. Today is just maybe."

It was only a few days after Christmas that the network's chief executive, Bob Greenblatt, shared that working on the reunion was one of their top priorities after Netflix forfeited the rights to the show following the new year. "And all I will say is, 'We're talking about it,'" Greenblatt explained. "We've been drilling down on what it could be and trying to see if everybody's really on board and interested. And if so, can we make the right deals for everybody. We're starting it as a special. It's possible there could be something ongoing, but it would be in steps. We're far from that."

Mixed Opinions from Cast Members About the Potential to See a Reboot

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The idea of a reunion for the show with HBO Max was first reported back in November by The Hollywood Reporter, as information was leaked detailing talks that the show's producers were having with platform officials. Within that information, it was indicated that the cast members of the show were interested in getting back together. These rumors were only given more fuel by the successful run that Friends had on the Netflix platform.

But despite the willingness of the cast to put on an encore, some of them don't believe that it will truly happen. Courteney Cox, the actress who plays Monica on the show, shared her thoughts on the real possibility of the show getting another run. "I just don't see it happening. Even though I would do anything to be in a room with all of those people acting and having a great time. But I don't see it happening," she told People. Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand, believes 'anything is possible'.

Matt LeBlanc Doesn't See a Reunion Happening Due to Time That Has Passed

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Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey on the show is also thankful for being able to make a run on the show, but also doesn't believe that a revival is possible, mainly because of the premise of the show and the age group that was featured in Friends. Speaking to Steve Harvey, he was asked about the chances of a reboot. "Like, 'Old Friends'? Personally, I don't think so," said LeBlanc. "I've talked to the writers about it. That show was about a very finite period in your life, between 20 and 30, when you’re out of school but your life hadn’t really started yet and your friends are your family, and you’re kind of finding your way. When that period is over, it's over."

LeBlanc also thinks that too much time has transpired since the end of filming occurred, even though the group still remains close friends, no pun intended. "All the characters have gone their separate ways," he told Harvey.

The Cast Members Are Grateful, Regardless of Reunion

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Regardless of whether the show makes a comeback, the cast members are grateful for the opportunity it afforded them. Back in December, Jennifer Aniston reflected on the show's unrivaled success during the E! People's Choice Awards. "I mean Friends was the gift of a lifetime, and I would not be standing up here without that amazing show, without those amazing five other actors, and with an audience who stuck with us for a decade and through streaming services now," she said. "You believed in us. You really did. And you believed in those very impossibly large apartments."

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