Jennifer Aniston Is 'Very Sad' the 'Friends' Reunion Has Been Delayed Again
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Well, it seems that Jennifer Aniston is just as upset as we are that the Friends reunion has been delayed yet again. But she's at least offering fans a lovely dose of optimism.
The actress spoke to Deadline about the upcoming reunion special for HBO Max, which was slated to start shooting in March and got pushed back to May — due to the coronavirus pandemic — to coincide with the streaming service’s launch date. That date was then pushed back and, as of August, there is currently no new date set to start production.
“Unfortunately, it’s very sad that we had to move it again,” said Aniston of the repeated setbacks. “It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it.”
Despite the delays, the 51-year-old is positive that the reunion will be worth the wait.
“It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been. 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,” she told the publication.
Alongside Aniston, the other five original Friends cast members — Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc — have all signed on to appear in the special. Schwimmer even hinted last month at when production may start back up again.
In a July interview with AP Entertainment, he shared that "the hope is to shoot it in August," but added that the shoot would only happen "if it's safe to do so.” Schwimmer also said that the original plan was for the reunion, which is apparently unscripted, to take place in front of a studio audience, so it’s unclear if HBO Max will wait until that’s possible or forge ahead sans an audience.
At any rate, when it comes to Friends, whenever they can film the reunion special is fine by us. We’ll still be there for you.