We've all been waiting so long for the Friends reunion - however after it finally dropped, many people have slammed the show for not including a certain fan-favourite character.

The internet was feeling so excited.

However many people aren't too happy with the outcome.

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

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We were 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...

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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 a couple of years ago, 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 in the past that a reunion is incredibly unlikely...

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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...

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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.

Well, the news we were all waiting for arrived ...

All of the cast posted the same throwback picture on Instagram confirming the news of an official reunion.

Many fans hoped that the reunion would be scripted...

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But sadly, the reunion will simply be a sit-down with the entire cast and crew to just catch up and reminisce on the good times. It still sounds brilliant, though!

Fans were asking a lot of questions...

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And thankfully for them (and us), Courteney Cox has revealed exactly what to expect.

Speaking with Kevin Nealon on Hiking with Kevin, Courteney explained what the show would involve...

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She said, "So the exciting thing is that we're all going to get together for the first time, in a room, and actually talk about the show, and it's going to be on HBO Max, and I'm so excited."

This will be a first time thing...

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"We're going to have the best time. It's going to be great. We really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It's gonna be fantastic," she went on to explain.

The reunion is scheduled to air on May 27 on HBO Max...

Along with the channel releasing all 10 seasons of the sitcom for viewers to watch on-demand.

Things finally seemed to be taking off

Matthew Perry confirmed filming was to go ahead in March 2021

However, many people are pretty annoyed with the most recent news.

After the line-up revealed none of the ''Friends' are black...

Many people took to Twitter to blast the show for its lack of black actors.

What do you think?

Surely it's about time Friends showed some cultural diversity.

However fans were also angered to see the lack of a certain character

However, when the full list of guests were announced for the special episode, stans of the show noticed a particular fan-favourite wasn't on the list. Read on to find out who...

Mike, of course...

Lisa Kudrow and Paul Rudd (2004)

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The reunion includes special guests like David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Kit Harrington, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai. However fans were furious when Paul Rudd's name wasn't on the list.

He was very important to the show...

Paul Rudd (2020)

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Paul Rudd, now famous for roles such as 'Ant-Man' and Josh in 90's classic 'Clueless' played a small yet important role in the final two series of the show from 2002-2004. He played Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend, then husband Mike Hannigan.

We'll see you there!

The special episode is scheduled for release on May 27 2021 on HBO Max.