James Corden slammed for hosting 'Friends' reunion: 'Should have been Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate'
For fans of 'Friends', the long-running 90s sitcom is sacred; so sacred that the idea of the wrong person hosting the upcoming reunion is revolting. While most fandoms would feel lucky and blessed to get a reunion after over a decade since the show wrapped, fans of 'Friends' won't settle for anything less than perfect. This is why they seem to lose their collective minds when it was revealed that British comedian James Corden will be hosting the upcoming reunion, premiering on May 27.
In yet another teaser shared by the returning main cast, the six titular friends played by Matt Perry, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc can be seen making their way to the iconic Set 24 as they have a mock-table read of some of the most phenomenal moments from 10 seasons of the show.
The teaser saw some of the biggest and most recurring cameos such as Tom Selleck, who played Richard Burke, and the infamous Janice, aka Maggie Wheeler make an appearance as well. It was emotional, with Aniston, who played Rachel Green, immediately look for a box of tissues the moment the cast stepped inside their old set.
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'Friends' that ran from 1994 to 2004 was an immediate hit with fans, and love for the show has continued, thanks to reruns and YouTube clips. Many agree that David Crane and Marta Kuffman created something incomparable, despite recent criticism on the racist, homophobic, and transphobic undertones of the show. Ardent fans aren't changing their minds about how much they love the show.
So naturally, teary eyes and old but evergreen jokes from the show were aplenty in the two-minute-long teaser. And while there was ample concern over Perry, who played Chandler Bing, slurring his words, fans couldn't hold back their shock and distaste when the teaser showed Corden hosting the reunion.
"The Friends reunion is not a musical. Yet James Corden's in it. Why? And when will this man be stopped?," immediately tweeted a fan. Others too carried on with the tone of surprise about Corden hosting the reunion as no one could figure just how he was linked to the show. "How did James Corden worm his way into the Friends reunion, does America know that he doesn't have to be in everything?" quipped one fan about the host reveal.
The Friends reunion is not a musical. Yet James Corden’s in it. Why? And when will this man be stopped?— Murtada Elfadl (@ME_Says) May 19, 2021
how did james corden worm his way into the friends reunion does america know that he doesn’t have to be in everything— kiki 💟 (@jenbcrbers) May 19, 2021
Some even considered that recurring stars like Paul Rudd (Phoebe's husband Mike) and Christina Applegate (Rachel's sister Amy) or even Selleck or Wheeler should have made a more fitting choice for the hosting gig. "It should have been Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate on the guest-starring Friends reunion but we got Bieber & James Corden," tweeted one, referring to last week's announcement that special guest stars such as Justin Bieber, BTS, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, and even Lady Gaga will appear in the reunion special.
Some also offered to pay for Corden to be removed from the reunion. "Will pay good money for somebody to digitally remove James Corden from the Friends Reunion," wrote a fan. The general consensus however agreed "I was keen on watching the Friends reunion until I heard James Corden was hosting it. Y'all coulda picked literally ANYBODY else. And yet, you chose him."
it should have been paul rudd and christina applegate on the guest starring friends reunion but we got bieber & james corden pic.twitter.com/hwD0CXiEK9— azi (@sapphicpike) May 14, 2021
Will pay good money for somebody to digitally remove James Corden from the Friends Reunion.— Kieran Sherry (@KieranASherry) May 20, 2021
I was keen on watching the Friends reunion, until I heard James Corden was hosting it.— Random J (@_RandomJ_) May 20, 2021
Y'all coulda picked literally ANYBODY else. And yet, you chose him.