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Jennifer Aniston Is 'Sad' That The 'Friends' Reunion Has To Be Postponed Due To COVID-19

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By Chris Barilla

While the subsequent effects on society that COVID-19 has had have effectively shaken the core of how we operate on a day-to-day basis, it appears that even the most highly-anticipated of television events can't seem to find a way to make it work given the current circumstances. The eagerly-awaited 'Friends' reunion slated for this year has seemingly been pushed back now due to the virus, and show star Jennifer Aniston is reportedly 'sad' over the notion that one of her most famous roles won't be reprised any time soon.

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"Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again," Aniston said about the filming schedule slated for the 'Friends' reunion, which was supposed to go into production sometime in August and see the star realign herself with former co-stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry.

These initial plans have since been scrapped, leaving Aniston and millions of hopeful fans saddened by the news as cases of the novel virus continues to trend upwards in many areas across the country.

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Aniston said that a lot of the decision came down to the inability to have a live studio audience while filming, which​ is integral to the show's existence as it is.

"It was, 'How do we do this with live audiences?' This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it," the actress explained to the publication about why the tough decision had to be made to postpone production until things were relatively safer.

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She then went on to say that although the decision saddened many it can also be seen as positive in that with the extra time afforded the hit show's reboot can be made as perfectly as possible.

"It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been. So I choose to see it as the glass is half full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of 'Friends,' sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys," Aniston explained.

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The original plan for the reunion was to film in April and premiere in May, 16 years after the original program went off the air, but as the current societal situation in regards to COVID continued to become more difficult, the cast agreed that postponing would be the best option, completely shutting out the idea of doing a virtual reunion over video chat, much like shows such as NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' have done as filming in-person in groups proves to be more difficult.

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