10 Dark Secrets The Cast Of ‘Friends’ Tried To Hide

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Perry missed a Friends reunion

In January 2016, the Internet lost its cookies when NBC announced that the cast of Friends would be reuniting for the first time in years for a pre-taped special honoring the career of television director, James Burrows. “I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at same time,” said NBC president Bob Greenblatt at the time, “[but] I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off.” Indeed, much to the disappointment of Friends fans everywhere, the network ultimately was not able to pull off such a feat. In fact, almost immediately after Greenblatt’s news made headlines, representatives for Matthew Perry announced that the actor wouldn’t be at the event because he was in rehearsals for a play in London. That’s a pretty fair excuse, Plus, he did tape a message for Burrows that aired during the special. But every other Friends cast member made it to the celebration in person, making Perry’s physical absence feel strange, vaguely deliberate, and kind of lame. But hey: good luck with the play.

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