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'Friends' Cast Confirms Reunion Special for HBO Max

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By Nicole Brandy Ryan

The moment we've all been waiting for for almost TWO decades now, the 'Friends' cast is finally reuniting! It's been 15 years since the show ended, and it's seemed to only have gained popularity since leaving the air. Fans have been demanding a reunion for years now. While rumors have swirled on and off for a long time now about a potential reunion or reboot, nothing ever panned out... until now. The exclusive untitled, unscripted special will air on HBO Max, a new streaming service from HBO.

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It's Actually Happening!

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The internet is freaking out over the news. A reunion... finally... could it be? It is! Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will all return to the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to celebrate the beloved series. An inside source told Variety that each of the six stars will receive at least $2.5 million a piece for participating in the special. Now that sounds exciting.

The Announcement

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The cast took to social media to announce the special with this mysterious caption, "it's happening..." Okay, we're SO ready. Since Friends has been pulled from Netflix, there's nowhere to stream the series. HBO Max will also be streaming the original series, which is extremely exciting for fans. The streaming platform launches in May of this year. Friends is definitely one of the most buzz-worthy shows for the upcoming platform, which already has plenty of competition. Friends, along with the reunion special, may set HBO Max apart from the rest.

The Specifics

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In a statement, Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV said, "Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire ‘Friends’ library. He continued on, “I became aware of ‘Friends’ when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

The Legacy

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Friends is and always will be one of the most iconic and beloved sitcoms of television history. The show swept the world by storm and captivated the hearts of millions. Even fifteen years after its end, Friends is still one of the most popular and talked about shows in pop culture. It is always one of the most referenced. Friends remains timeless because it's a story we can all relate to. We all have friends we love, who become more like family.

A New Generation

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A new generation will get to experience the cast of Friends all together again. Friends is a loved show even by those who were born after it ended. The reunion will give the younger generation who loves the show a chance to actually see all the original members together interacting and talking about the show. It only further proves the unshakable legacy of the beloved sitcom. No matter how many years pass, we will all still have love for "Friends."

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