Friends fans were in a frenzy back in January when it was announced that the cast of the beloved '90s sitcom would be reuniting for a two-hour NBC special in February — Sadly, however, the excitement was a little misplaced.
The cast (not the characters) of Friends will be together again for a special honoring TV comedy director James Burrows, whose long career includes directing the pilot episode of Friends. The special, titled "Must-See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows," will air on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9 p.m to 11 p.m. Eastern.
According to the network, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will all be in attendance, but Matthew Perry will appear only in a "pre-taped segment."
A representative for Perry said, in a statement, that "Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on Feb. 2 at the playhouse Theatre," reported Time.
That means that fans of the show will have to wait just a little bit longer to see all their favorite friends under the same roof again — and a full-fledged reunion featuring Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe may never come to pass. In April, when asked about the possibility of a Friends reunion, Courteney Cox told Yahoo, "Dear lord, people, let it go! We're not doing it."