An upcoming "Friends" reunion of the cast on an NBC tribute to long-time comedy director James Burrows has hit a big of a snag: Matthew Perry, who played Chandler, won't be able to make it.
Even as NBC announced Wednesday that the long-awaited "Friends" reunion might occur next month, entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt cautioned that it could be a challenge to get them all together.
"I’m hoping all six will be in same room at same time; I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off," he told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday.
The bad news came just a day later. Perry can't make it back for the filming, as he'll be in London preparing for a stage production, USA Today reported Thursday
"Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, 'The End of Longing,'" Lisa Kasteler, his spokeswoman, told USA Today. "NBC executives were aware of this prior to their (Television Critics Association) announcement. Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for."
Concern over Perry's ability to commit to being stateside is probably what urged Greenblatt to add a caveat about logistics to his announcement, USA Today pointed out.
Even though this may not be the "Friends" reunion fans dreamed of — they have lobbied for years for a new scripted show —many took to social media to express their joy.
But when news that Perry couldn't make it hit online, the devastation was . . . devastating.
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