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So no one told you life was gonna be this way...

If by 'life' you mean 'heartbreaking realities,' then no. No one did tell us life would be this way.

Remember a couple of days ago, when the Internet erupted into a simultaneous feeling of nostalgia and joy? Finally, after all these years, we were getting what we wanted. A FRIENDS reunion!

Then, Matthew Perry went and burst the bubble by announcing he wouldn't be a part of it. Fair enough... we still had Joey, Ross, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe. Or so we thought...

Sadly, it appears that the Central Perk gang are not coming together for a reunion. Instead, the group is coming together for a tribute to legendary comedy director James Burrows.

Speaking to E! Online, David Schwimmer (Ross) broke hearts around the world when he announced the following.

“There's no Friends reunion. It's a tribute to Jimmy Burrows who we love and I'm just thrilled to be a part of it. As many of us that can be there will be there and the casts of so many shows are going to try to be there—Frasier, Cheers, Will and Grace, it goes on. Taxi.
This man is an incredible director who helped define situation comedy in this country in the last 40 years so I love him and I'm excited to be there."
We feel you Ross...
We feel you Ross...

Perhaps in all the excitement fans didn't see the signs that where plainly set out in front of them. When NBC chief Robert Greenblatt announced the news, he never explicitly stated that it would be a Friends reunion. Instead he said he was merely, "hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I'm not sure we can logistically pull that off."

Legendary James Burrows
Legendary James Burrows

Obviously the logistics were trickier than Greenblatt had expected, with Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) being too busy abroad rehearsing for his new play, The End of Longing, on the West End in London.

Although there is not yet any word from the female stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, or Lisa Kudrow, fans can depend on the lovable Matt LeBlanc (Joey) as he tweeted his excitement for the reunion.

Unfortunately, it looks like we may never get to see the gang reunited on screen. Yet, perhaps that is for the best. Lisa Kudrow previously stated that a Friends reunion would be "so different that it wouldn’t be Friends anymore," and Jennifer Aniston echoed this sentiment concluding that the show "ended at the right time when people still wanted more."

Maybe they're right. With the current Hollywood trend of rebooting beloved franchises and movies, it's fitting that Friends will forever live to be enjoyed in its original form.


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