Could this be any more of a bummer?
After NBC announced that all six “Friends” cast members would take part in a special honoring acclaimed sitcom director James Burrows, USA Today has reported that only five will actually be in attendance.
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. “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 (Matt LeBlanc) sarcastic roommate and Ross’ (David Schwimmer) college buddy to Monica’s (Courteney 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.