It looks like NBC will host a full “Friends” reunion after all. According to TV Line, Matthew Perry will join his former “Friends” castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer through a pre-recorded message on NBC’s special, which honors acclaimed sitcom director James Burrows.
Initially, Matthew Perry’s spokeswoman Lisa Kasteler stated that the actor will miss the reunion because “he is in London in rehearsals for his play, ‘The End of Longing.’” Kasteler then stated that NBC executives knew this when they made their announcement at the winter TCAs on Wednesday. “Matthew may tape something for the tribute,” added Kasteler at the time. “In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”
Perry played Chandler Bing for all of “Friends’” 10 seasons, growing from being Joey’s (LeBlanc) sarcastic roommate and Ross’ (Schwimmer) college buddy to Monica’s (Cox) husband. LeBlanc, Schwimmer and Cox are still expected to take part in the reunion, alongside co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow.
The NBC special honoring James Burrows will be filmed later this month to air Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.