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Fans of “Friends” were thrilled to learn last week week that the cast would reunite next month on an NBC special, only to be disappointed when Matthew Perry announced he won’t be participating.
The network was quick to manage expectations, saying it was unclear whether all six actors would appear together on the Feb. 21 celebration of the career of veteran director James Burrows (yeah, not exactly the reunion fans were hoping for). Now David Schwimmer is there for you … to even further dampen the excitement.
“You know, I have no idea what’s expected of us,” he told reporters Sunday at a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” “I’m flying in that day, so I’m just showing up.”
“There’s no ‘Friends’ reunion,” Schwimmer added. “It’s a tribute to Jimmy Burrows, who we love and I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.”
“From what I’ve been told by Sean Hayes, he said we’re all going to come up on stage and talk about Jim and give him a hug.”
Series co-creator Marta Kauffman echoed the actor, insisting, “It’s not a ‘Friends’ reunion. I will be there, but it is not a ‘Friends’ reunion.”