Friends Television StillsIt's been more than 10 years since "Friends" left the airwaves, but fans still can't get enough of the sitcom. The love runs so deep that this year's NBC tribute to renowned comedy director James Burrows was immediately branded as "The Friends Reunion Show," thanks to the cast's (minimal) involvement. But aside from that gathering of five of the six stars, will there ever be a real, true "Friends" reunion on our TV screens?

The answer, sadly, is an unequivocal "no."

That's the latest word from "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman, who recently sat down for a lengthy roundtable Q&A with some fellow TV comedy showrunners for The Hollywood Reporter. Kauffman discussed what it was like being pigeonholed after the sitcom went off the air ("After 'Friends,' all they wanted me to do was create another multicamera show," she said), and her distaste for spinoffs ("I'd feel like I was cheapening the original," she added, though she graciously didn't mention "Joey" by name). But what about a "Friends" reunion special -- say, for Emma Geller's high school graduation, or Chandler and Monica's 20th anniversary -- instead?

THR jokingly broached the subject with Kauffman, and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna also chimed in, but Kauffman remained staunchly unmoved. Here's the exchange:

THR: I know how much you enjoy the questions about a Friends reunion.

KAUFFMAN: Oh, oh, don't even. I don't know how many ways we can say no.

BROSH MCKENNA: It's a [testament] to the love of the show and the renewed relevance of the show.

KAUFFMAN: They can watch it on Netflix!


So there you go: It ain't gonna happen. At least, like Kauffman said, we'll always have Netflix. (And endless reruns on cable TV.)

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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