Lisa Kudrow says the creators of ‘Friends’ don’t want a reunion


It seems like people have been talking about a “Friends” reunion since before the show was even off the air. There have been all sorts of rumors about why it hasn’t happened; mostly having to do with which cast members weren’t on board. Supposedly there was always one holdout – Jennifer Aniston, perhaps? None of the other cast members would name names, but Jen has the biggest career of the six of them. Now Lisa Kudrow says the real hold outs are the show’s creators, who just don’t see any good coming from a “Friends” reunion.

Still hoping for a certain sextet to get back together for lattes, love and laughs at Central Perk?

The wait for a Friends reunion, sadly, might be forever.

Castmate Lisa Kudrow — a.k.a. Phoebe — broke the news to that “it doesn’t look like” a reunion for the blockbuster NBC sitcom will ever happen.

“Everyone is busy!” Kudrow explained at Sunday’s P.S. Arts Express Yourself event in Santa Monica, Calif.

The biggest objectors, Kudrow suggests, aren’t Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox or any of the actors, but the show’s original writer-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane. ” I guess they don’t think it’s a good idea,” she said.

Not that Kudrow, 46, is completely sold, either: “It would be fun, but I don’t know. How? Why? Really?”

The highly-rated series — its six regulars ended up making $1 million per episode by the finale — ran from 1994 to 2004.

[From Us Weekly]

I really enjoyed the show when it was on and made sure I never had anything planned on Thursday nights as a result (sad, I know). But I agree with Lisa – how and why? They wrapped things up reasonably well, and their last few seasons were really good. There were some seasons in the middle that were absolutely awful, so it’s good that they got to go out on a high note. Why mess with that? People are going to be so critical of it, no matter what. The standards would be impossibly high.

I think the problem is that there are no traditional sitcoms left on the air that are any good. People miss the laugh track. Friends was reliable – even when it sucked, it was still better than most of the other stuff on television. It’s comforting and familiar, like that ex-boyfriend you migrate back to in between better guys. There’s nothing novel or interesting about it, but it can make a reappearance in your life every so often to fill in the gaps. That’s what reruns are for.

Here’s Lisa in Beverly Hills on November 3rd. Images thanks to .

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  1. Kiki says:

    I don’t think friends ever sucked 🙂

  2. Firestarter says:

    That makes the creators AND me!

  3. BitterBetty says:

    Friends was a good show but it got a little too whiny and melodramatic after a while. as for a reunion – I don’t think people care enough. TV viewers have moved on.

  4. LolaBella says:

    I think the window for a Friends reunion movie closed a LONG time ago…I am definitely NOT interested in seeing it.

    The show was funny at times and I present, for your viewing pleasure, IMHO the funniest Friends bit of all time:

  5. Beth says:

    I used to love Friends but I’m over it now. I think repeats came on all of the time so I got sick of it. I really don’t see how a film could be done. I just don’t think it would be interesting. Personally I thought Chandler and Monica should have had a spinoff. Who cares about Joey trying to be an actor?

  6. Huma says:

    We already have to suffer with those atrocious Sex and The City movies – thank god another hackneyed sitcom full of white folks isn’t heading to the big screen. 😛 Yes, I’m a psycho bitch. I like myself this way.

  7. Granger says:

    I agree with everyone here. What on earth would the plot-line be? Rachel and Ross break up and make up again? Joey is still a struggling actor? The only thing that would make me buy a ticket is if Chandler became a tranny like his dad.

  8. Ally says:

    Friends was appointment television, but because the plotlines were so soapy rather than episode-specific, I’m never interested in the reruns.

    I bet Kauffman and Crane heard a lot of whining from the actors back in the day about being allowed to go off to make movies, how they could be big movie stars so jack up my salary or else… payback time now that at least 5 of the 6 have their onscreen careers circling the drain!

  9. jessica says:

    friends is my fav TV show..i dont think i’ve ever cried as much as when i saw the final episode..But a reunion would be GREAT..Jen might not do it coz shes a movie star now..but the other 5 wont have a problem!! PLEASE DO IT FOR THE FANS!!!

  10. lucy2 says:

    I loved the show, it was my favorite all 10 years. I occasionally watch reruns, but not that often. If they did a reunion I’d watch of course, but I’ve never really felt they needed one. It ended well enough.

    I though I heard a while ago that David Schwimmer was the hold out, which I couldn’t really understand because his career isn’t exactly booming. Of course all of them make more on residuals than I can probably comprehend, so even if they never do another thing, they’re set.

  11. Feebee says:

    No reunion works for everyone. Let the fans have their memories without a bad movie ruining the legacy.

    I liked the show but could take it or leave it. I can’t see a reunion being a plus, besides we get to see Rachel Green in a movie every other year or so anyway.

  12. Vermithrax says:

    I’d watch it.

  13. TwinkleToes says:

    Nobody cares about you, Lisa.

  14. Bill Hicks is God says:

    They all wanted too much money, got it, and can all go to hell as far as I’m concerned.

    Programs like ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ are directly responsible for all the reality crap on TV now: it’s cheaper to tape a bunch of episodes and award some rube a million dollars than it is to pay the exorbitant salary demands of an ensemble cast.

    These are the original famewhores people – wake up and smell the caca.

  15. Emily says:

    lucy2, I think Schwimmer is doing more producing and directing stuff as opposed to acting.

  16. JaneL says:

    Huma- Nice racist post. 🙂

  17. Kevin says:

    Sorry Bill, I disagree. I believe the writers strike allowed the execs to see how little it could cost. Don’t blame them for the money grab. The network could easily afford it.

  18. Aspie says:

    I absolutely loved and never missed every episode of “Friends” (I too planned my Thursday evenings around the show and even skipped a few evening college courses so I wouldn’t miss it – sad!) and wouldn’t mind seeing a movie showing the characters today.

    For starters, they could show Chandler and Monica living in the New York suburbs and raising their kids. Chandler would have a career working at some big nameless corporation or maybe even be a stay at home dad, and Monica could own a successful restaurant and/or consulting business as a professional organizer.

    Then they could show Rachel and Ross still living in the city or maybe even in the same neighborhood as Chandler and Monica, raising Emma and Ben together and perhaps having more kids. Ross will be a big time researcher and Rachel could be a high profile fashion buyer or own her own design company.

    Then Phoebe could be doing her thing – although I have no idea what that would be. Perhaps she’d hook up again with that scientist who went to Russia in like season 1 or 2, I think.

    And Joey would still be a hot, clueless ladies man who’d totally be over Rachel but still hanging out with the gang from time to time. Perhaps he’d be a successful actor, much more successful than that horrible spin off series that he starred in.

    I’m corny I know, but there’s just so many possibilities… 🙂

  19. Sigh. says:

    No one has any real, on-going, undeniable interest in revisiting it, including the creators, with careers at different places (obscurity to overexposure). This is pretty much a wash. Right now, it would be forced, expensive, and obviously passionless (plus a tinge desperate).

    Let. It. Go.

  20. Ggirl says:

    When are they going to quit showing those tedious re-runs? I wonder if they are still trying to pay them for the last season where they each all earned like 1 million per episode (?). They will have to keep the damn re-runs in syndication until the “Friends” are living in the old folks home. Yea, no reason for a reunion. They are around too much as it is!

  21. mags says:

    hahaha, “like the ex boyfriend you migrate back to in between better guys”
    made me laugh out loud. thanks for that.

  22. Stephie says:

    I still love the reruns when I catch one. I don’t think their show would translate well to movie format. Keep that high note and leave well enough alone. Definitely agree that there are no good sitcoms left.

  23. sandy says:

    i hate that show, Jen can’t act, i see her character in every movie she does, so please, no more.

  24. NFLer says:

    Oh good. We don’t need one. If they do then I want a King of Queens reunion.

  25. sasheel says:

    Friends is even funnier dubbed in Japanese 🙂