This week, Friends fans across the globe were excited by the news that FriendsFest is returning to the UK this year. Hurrah. You know what that means – multiple opportunities to recreate the show’s most iconic moments, from the Phoebe, Rachel and Monica wedding dresses moment, to the floating heads, guests can roam the sets of their fave sitcom to celebrate its 25th birthday.
However, fans will also have to come to terms with the fact that a reunion will never happen, according to co-creator Marta Kauffman. Sob.
Over the past few years, there have been rumours of a reunion with some cast members even expressing interest in getting the old gang back together for a one-off special or potentially a movie (wishful thinking on our part? Possibly). But those dreams have been well and truly dashed.
Marta told Rolling Stone that there were ‘several reasons’ that a reunion isn’t on the cards, now or ever, and that if they did try to recreate the magic it would only ‘disappoint’ fans.
‘There are several reasons,’ she told the publication.
‘One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.
‘Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint – ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed’.
We wholeheartedly disagree, but okay.
Matt LeBlanc has previously tried to let us down gently, telling Digital Spy: ‘Yeah, that probably won’t happen. There’s no plans for anything like that. Everyone seems to be talking about that these days, but nope, no irons in the fire there.’
But we were hoping it was all just a big cover-up. Sigh.
Guess we’re going to have to take no for an answer.