Last year, a Friends reunion of sorts happened when Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer took the stage together during NBC's TV special paying tribute to iconic director James Burrows. Matthew Perry was the only main cast member not in attendance, since his new play The End of Longing was running in London. But the actor introduced his cast-mates in a special video message. That special was the closest fans had come to a true Friends reunion since the show went off the air in 2004 after 10 seasons and 236 episodes, but for those holding out hope for a full reunion or even a revival of the hit show, don't be surprised if it never happens.
Variety spoke with Matthew Perry, who is unveiling a new re-written version of his play The End of Longing at the MCC Theater in New York. Since there is currently an overload of nostalgia on the small screen these days, with upcoming revivals of Roseanne and Will & Grace slated for this coming season, Matthew Perry was asked about the possibility of a Friends revival/reunion. The actor revealed that, if ever asked to come back and reprise his role as Chandler Bing, he would turn it down, for one big reason. Here's what he had to say about why he would refuse to return for a Friends revival.
"I have this recurring nightmare, I'm not kidding about this. When I'm asleep, I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares. We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I'm gonna say no. The thing is: We ended on such a high. We can't beat it. Why would we go and do it again?"
Before the NBC special aired last February, the last Friends reunion happened on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) reunited to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the series finale, which aired on May 6, 2004. There was also another mini-reunion in 2013, when Courteney Cox guest-starred on Matthew Perry's new NBC sitcom Go On, which only lasted for one season. Fans at an August 2015 Taylor Swift concert were also given quite the surprise, when Lisa Kudrow made a surprise appearance on stage, where they both performed a duet of the hit song "Smelly Cat" from the show.
All of the main Friends cast members have found success after the show came to a close in 2004. Courteney Cox returned to the small screen in 2009 with ABC's Cougar Town, which later moved to TBS before closing out its six-season run in 2015. Jennifer Aniston was already well on her way to becoming a bona fide movie star when the show was still on the air, appearing in indies like Office Space and The Good Girl, but she started taking on bigger projects towards the end of the show's run like Bruce Almighty, Along Came Polly and Rumor Has It. She most recently starred in Office Christmas Party and she will next be seen in The Yellow Birds. Lisa Kudrow went on to star in and create Web Therapy, while also appearing in movies such as Neighbors and The Girl on the Train, while Matt LeBlanc starred in the Friends spin-off Joey, Showtime's Episodes and most recently, CBS's The Man With the Plan. And David Schwimmer has found success in front of (The People vs. O.J. Simpson) and behind (Run Fatboy Run, Little Britain USA) the camera as a director.
After Friends went off the air, Matthew Perry starred in a number of shows that didn't have much success. Shows such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On were all cancelled after one season, but his most recent show, CBS' reboot of The Odd Couple, lasted three seasons before it was given the axe last month. He also returns as Mike Kresteva, his recurring character from The Good Wife, in the CBS All Access spin-off The Good Fight and he played Ted Kennedy in the mini-series The Kennedys: Decline and Fall.