Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has dismissed the persistent rumours of a reunion for the show, adding that it “could only disappoint”.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, she gave several reasons why she’s adamant against the idea.
“One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore,” she said, “All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone. Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint.”
“The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed,” she added, referencing the format used to name episodes.
Last December, star Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel, said the chances of a Friends revival are slim because “the boys are a little less excited” about the prospect of getting back together.
Speaking on James Corden’s The Late Late Show, the actor said Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were all hesitant to reprise their roles as Joey, Chandler and Ross, respectively.
The show originally aired on NBC from 22 September 1994 to 6 May 2004, lasting ten seasons. It was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season.
Friends, however, has received a second lease of life after being added to Netflix‘s library of shows.
Kauffman said of the resurgence: “It’s a comfort-food show. These are trying times, and certain people want the comfort food rather than the difficult, mean-spirited kind of show. It’s warm, it’s cosy, [the characters] love each other. What’s not to love about that?”