A 'Friends' Reunion Special Is Coming to HBO Max

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Finally. Finally! After months of increasingly fervent speculation (and that was just from me), HBO Max and the stars of Friends confirmed on Friday afternoon that, yes, a reunion special is happening. It's an "exclusive untitled unscripted special," but I'm too busy crying tears of joy to try to parse out that language. The point is: It's happening! It's happening! And it's happening soon: The special will debut in May. Yes, this May!

Courteney Cox shared new details.

Okay, so it's like really happening, happening! Courteney Cox chatted with comedian Kevin Nealon on his Hiking with Kevin Youtube series for E News! about the reunion. Let's just say she's just as excited as us. "So the exciting thing is that we're all going to get together for the first time, in a room, and actually talk about the show, and it's going to be on HBO Max, and I'm so excited," Cox said.

"But we really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It's gonna be fantastic," she added. Yes. It. Is.

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The last time the cast was all together was at Cox's home for dinner in October, she says, which to her is the perfect kind of reunion.

"I don’t know how many years it was, maybe 15 years — and we finally all got together and had dinner," said Cox on the dinner. "And when we get together, which is never … it just doesn’t happen very often, like twice since we ended the show — it’s just the most fun. We laugh so hard."

The Big Announcement

Jennifer Aniston posted a photo of the six stars on Twitter on an otherwise unremarkable Friday in mid-February, writing "It's happening..." and tagging HBO Max. Cox and the rest of their costars shared the same post at the same moment.

And then everyone just went nuts.

What the Actors Will Make

According to Variety, which broke the news, each star will get about $2.5 million for the special. The show's executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane will return to work on the project, and each of the six main cast members will executive produce as well. The reason it'll debut in May is because that'll when HBO Max will kick off, and the streaming service aiming to incentivize new subscribers with news of a Friends reunion.

Matthew Perry Joined Instagram For It

The news also explains why Matthew Perry joined Instagram with a just a week ago with a post that was, of course, a Friends reference. "This is how thrilled I am to finally be on Instagram. So, here we go..." he wrote in his first post.

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Where Can I Get My 'Friends' Fix Until Then?

Friends left Netflix at the end of 2019, and won't be available on another streaming service until HBO Max launches. During these dark and uncertain times, sales of Friends episodes both digital and on DCD have "tripled," per Variety.

In a statement, the chief content officer at HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, 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 added: "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.”


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