NBC's Friends is still considered one of the most popular, successful and influential sitcoms of all time, but for fans hoping for a long-awaited reunion, don't hold your breath. During a TV showrunners roundtable interview, Friends co-creator David Crane, who co-created the iconic series with Marta Crane, and recently served as co-cretor and co-showrunner on Episodes with David Klarik, revealed at an Emmy Comedy Series showrunners panel hosted by The Wrap last night that a Friends reunion will never happen. Here's what he had to say when asked about a Friends reunion below.
"Never happening. Never. No, we did it. We did it. It's done."
The showrunners panel also included Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series creator/star Rachel Bloom, who had some questions for Crane. While she made the caveat that Crane's answers "didn't have to be canon," making it clear she was just asking for his personal opinion, she asked if Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) were still together after all these years, and if that relationship was "still sustainable." Here's what Crane had to say to Bloom's question.
"Yes. Come on, come on! They worked really hard, ten years, yes. That's why you don't want to see any more of it, because it's all happy endings."
When Bloom asked if Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) were "still good," Crane said, "Absolutely." Bloom kept pressing, though, asking, "Where do you think Ross and Rachel's kid goes to college?" Crane could just laugh and say, "I'm out," adding, "Now we're pitching a pilot, and we're not doing that." Given the popularity of TV revivals these days, it's not terribly surprising that the fans still want to see more of these characters, but it seems a reunion just isn't in the cards. The closest that fans will probably come to a Friends reunion was NBC's 2016 special Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows, where Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer appeared to honor the director, although Matthew Perry couldn't make it because he was doing a play in London.
Crane isn't the only one who has shot down talk of a Friends reunion and/or revival. Matthew Perry revealed last June that the show, "ended on such a high" and there is no way they could "beat" that so he never wants to do it again. He added that his "recurring nightmare" is that they do actually get back together for a reunion, but "nobody cares." There isn't even any interest in a revival at the show's home network, NBC, with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt revealing in April that a Friends reunion and/or a revival will never happen on the network. Still, fans who desperately want to know what happened to all of their favorite characters should be able to rest a bit easier, now that David Crane revealed Ross and Rachel are still together, along with Monica and Chandler. You can head over to The Wrap for their report on last night's showrunners panel.