'Friends' creator Martha Kauffman says there will never be a reboot of the sitcom because it 'could only disappoint'
The popular comedy series has enjoyed a resurgence as of late, garnering new fans after it was acquired by Netflix in 2015 for a staggering amount of $118 million
Friends' co-creator Marta Kauffman has finally answered the question that the show's fans have been dying to get a response for: Will there ever really be a 'Friends' reboot? Well, if you're fainthearted, then this announcement may not be for you.
The 62-year-old, while in a candid conversation with Rolling Stone magazine about the global phenomenon on Tuesday, revealed that a reunion would just "disappoint" fans. Explaining her reason for not believing it would work, she said, "One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It's not that time anymore."
She explained saying, "All we'd be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone. Two, I don't know what good it does us. The show is going just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint. 'The One Where Everyone's Disappointed'."
The popular comedy series has enjoyed a resurgence as of late, garnering new fans after it was acquired by Netflix in 2015 for a staggering amount of $118 million. On this, Kauffman joked how her daughter's friends asked her if she'd seen "that new show" as they "thought it was a period piece."
'Friends' ran for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004 and became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, an achievement that it continues to hold to this very day. The series follows the lives of six friends living in New York: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
LeBlanc, who played the role of Joey Tribbiani, confessed in March last year that he doesn't want to return to the character as he quipped: "I don’t want to do it – simple. People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family."
The 'Joey' actor continued, "To go back and revisit all these years later, well I don’t know what the story would be now. They would all have moved on from that period so it just wouldn’t be the same." In an interview with 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' earlier this year, the actor revealed a time when a kid called him 'Joey's Dad'.
"I was walking down the street one day, this was a few years ago, this kid, he must have been 13, 14, he’s like, 'Oh my god, you’re Joey’s dad!'," the 51-year-old actor recalled. Ever since Netflix added the sitcom to the streaming website, the actor revealed, "It’s unbelievable for me, it seems every year a new generation is watching it."
And if you aren't still convinced that this means you won't be seeing the Friends in Central Perk again, then we'd have to remind you of co-creator David Crane's thoughts on the same. “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,” he had said.