'Friends' reunion special to air on HBO Max later this month

Kate Feldman, New York Daily News on

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“Friends” will be there for you, finally.

The long-awaited reunion special, delayed by COVID-19, will hit HBO Max on May 27, the streaming service announced Thursday.

Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the Warner Bros. soundstage for “a real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show,” according to HBO Max.

A lengthy list of special guests includes David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

The special was first announced in February 2020 and was supposed to film in front of a live audience. But the pandemic got in the way, delaying it twice.


“This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been,” Aniston told Deadline last year. “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.”

“Friends” ran for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, racking up 62 Emmy nominations and six wins.


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