Matthew Perry Won't Be at the 'Friends' Reunion and Our Dreams Are Basically Crushed

by Alex Ungerman 9:53 PM PST, January 15, 2016
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Fans hoping for a complete Friends reunion may be down a Chandler.

After NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that all six stars of the beloved sitcom, Friends, would participate in a tribute broadcast honoring legendary TV director James Burrows, a rep for Matthew Perry tells ET that he will not physically attend the event.

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To be fair, Perry's rep says the actor "may tape something for the tribute," but warns, "This will not be the tribute that so many people have been waiting for."

"Matthew Perry... is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing," the rep explains. "The play begins previews on Feb. 2 at the Playhouse Theatre. NBC executives knew this prior to their TCA announcement. "

This may be the caveat Greenblatt mentioned, when after the news was first reported, he said, "I'm hoping all six of them will be all in the same room at the same time, but I'm not sure if we can logistically pull that off."

UPDATE: On an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Perry revealed that he'll be introducing the special from London.

"The other five [Friends] are going to be on this special and I am going to introduce them from London. I'm doing the play here so I can't be there," he told the host.

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The special is being produced by former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes,and is set to air Feb. 21 on NBC, with several other iconic casts expected to reunite. Among them: Will & Grace, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, and Mike & Molly.

Watch the video below for more details on the reunion.