David Crane just crushed our dream of a ‘Friends’ reunion once and for all
No, Friends is not up for a reboot and no matter how much fans want a revival, it ain't happening. Hear it from the horse's mouth.
It’s official now. All speculations and rumors about Friends reboot are wrong. The show's co-creator David Crane said that the reunion of the all-time favorite sitcom will “never” happen. But the silver lining to this cloud is the fact that Ross and Rachel are still together.
Among the panelists at TheWrap’s Emmy Series comedy showrunners panel were Crane and his “Episodes” co-creator Jeffrey Klarik, where the conversation gradually led to talks about revivals. Crane made himself quite clear by saying that no matter how much fans think they want a “Friends” revival, they aren’t up for it.
“Never happening. Never. We did it! It’s done,” Crane said. “That’s why you don’t want to see more of it because it’s all a happy ending.”
The panel gathered at the Landmark Theatres in LA also included “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom who had a bunch of discerning questions. “In your opinion, Ross and Rachel, how are they doing?” She asked Crane. “Are they still together? Is that sustainable?”
“Yes. Come on, they worked really hard, ten years,” Crane said.
Bloom followed up with Chandler and Monica, to which Crane said they were doing fine as well.
Bloom jokingly asked about Ross and Rachel’s kid. She said, “Where do you think Ross and Rachel’s kid go to college?”
To that Crane did hint the possibility for a whole new series – something that he wasn’t interested in.
According to Bustle, fans of Friends already know that Ross and Rachel ultimately decided to spend the rest of their lives together during the show’s season finale. It was later confirmed on the Joey spinoff that the pair actually tied the knot off-screen.
When the actors of the beloved sitcom were asked about the long-standing rumors about a possible reunion, most of them were quite wishy-washy about it. ELLE Australia notes that Aniston while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in February of this year said, “Anything is a possibility, Ellen. Anything right? I mean, George Clooney got married. “ However, she thinks that the show’s reboot might be a misfit given the advancement of today’s technology. She said, “We were jokingly saying that if Friends was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones. There would be no actual episodes or conversation.”
When Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay was asked about the sitcom, she seemed to have mixed feelings about the idea of a reboot. On The Conan O’Brien Show in January, she said, “They’re rebooting everything. But I don’t know — how does that work with Friends, though? That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad. That’s not fun.”
Matt LeBlanc, however, crushed our dreams of a reunion for the show, sharing similar sentiments with both Kudrow and Crane. He told Australia radio station 97.3FM, "I understand that people really want to see that reunion but that show was about a finite period in those characters' lives, between 20 and 30. To see what those characters are doing now, I think it's almost a case that the book is better than the movie. Everyone's imagination of what they're doing now is better."