'Friends' Cast Confirm Reunion Special Officially Happening | 22 Words

Anyone who is anyone loves Friends... Even those who claim that they've never watched it or simply don't enjoy it. Yes, you have watched it, and yes you do enjoy it. Stop lying to yourselves.

Anyway, it's been an awfully quiet fifteen years since the final episode of Friends aired and we said our tearful goodbyes to the 6 friends we all grew to know and love. Fans of the sitcom have been more than vocal about wanting Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and Joey to return to the big screen and now their prayers have been answered.

Prepare yourselves for some very important news...

Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

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We were first introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) first burst onto our screens.

It was an instant hit.

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Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.

And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters.

The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not... FYI they totally were on a break.

The final episode aired in September 2004...

And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.

It was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.

Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris... As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.

Oh, and Rachel got off the plane.

Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.

But, fifteen years on from Rachel getting off the plane...

We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?

Over the years, there have been a few low-key reunions and a lot of false hope...

Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.

A trailer for a Friends movie went viral last year, giving superfans false hope that the sitcom was hitting the box office...

But it wasn't to be. The trailer was quickly confirmed to be fake and, again, our dreams were shattered.

And even the cast have confirmed that a reunion is incredibly unlikely...

Matt Le Blanc left fans heartbroken last year as he rejected calls for the show to return, saying the sitcom simply “wouldn’t be the same" in an interview with the Mail Online. He added, “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."

And it isn't just the cast who have their doubts...

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The show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman, says she constantly gets “nagged" by fans to bring the sitcom back. “Watch the old ones – there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it," she said in an interview with Deadline.

So, yeah. Things haven't been looking too great on the reunion front.

Many worry that, because Friends was about a group of people in their twenties and thirties, it just wouldn't work following the gang through their forties and fifties.

However, initial excitement peaked late last year..

Jennifer Aniston finally joined Instagram, and her first post was a selfie of her and the rest of the Friends gang. “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," she captioned the post.

All the cast back together...

Surely this could mean a Friends reunion?!

We have been waiting for an official confirmation...

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To our delight, Jennifer dropped a major hint while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The actress was asked whether there would be a reboot of the show, to which she swiftly replied, "No," prompting a mass sigh from the audience...

However, not all hope is gone...

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Because Jennifer hastily added: "Listen, we would love for there to be something, but we don't know what that something is. So we're just trying really, we're working on something."

Ellen eagerly attempted to get more information out of Jen, delicately asking whether the "something" is going to be a movie.

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Aniston then sarcastically replied, "A huge, huge, huge, movie." But, then taking a more serious tone, she said, "No, we don't know. I don't want to lead people on."

The damage is done, Jen.

Because people are now very excited. Keep scrolling to read about the latest update on the Friends reunion...

Not everyone is too convinced...

And merely believe that it'll just be another advert opportunity. Have some optimism, Stu!

And some don't want a reunion at all...

Many people have noted that, due to the dramatic age difference, a Friends reboot simply won't work. But I suppose only time will tell, right?

But now there's been an exciting update.

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Sources have revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that NBC has been in serious talks about the upcoming potential reunion.

The talks are with new streaming service HBO Max.

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Which would bring the Friends experience to a whole new audience.

Even more excitingly?

The upcoming reunion show will contain every single member of the original lead cast.

And that's not all.

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Original series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman are also reportedly involved.

The cast will reportedly each be paid somewhere between $3 million and $4 million for the show.

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Although the reunion won't be an entire series, but will be an hour-long unscripted special.

The hope is that the special will help launch the HBO Max platform...

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The Friends special will likely be one of the main attractions. Fingers crossed the reunion is well underway! In the meantime, keep scrolling to check out which new piece of Friends merch you need in your life...

And now the cast have confirmed it!

All of the cast have posted on Instagram confirming the news.