Friends reunion episode LIVE – How to watch and latest reactions as show finally drops on HBO with A-list cameos


AFTER years of waiting, Friends fans are finally about to see the hit show’s huge reunion special.

That’s right Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe will be back on our screens for a special episode called The One Where They Get Back Together.

If you are in the US, you can watch it on the streaming service HBO Max on May 27, 2021. It will be released at 3am ET and 12am PT.

UK fans can watch Friends: The Reunion on Sky One on Thursday May 27 from 8pm

If you can’t wait for that, it will be available to watch on Sky and NOW TV streaming service from 8 am on the same day.

In news sure to make diehard fans happy, ALL six stars are back for the reunion, plus special guests… but they won’t be alone.

The Sun revealed how producers have also roped in some of the world’s biggest stars for cameo appearances.

Justin Bieber filmed scenes wearing Ross Geller’s famous “Spudnik” potato costume from eighth-season episode The One With The Halloween Party.

Other guests are thought to include James Corden, David Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon.

  • PET PROBLEMS

    Courteney Cox, who played Monica Geller in the show, confessed: “The monkey scared me.”

    However Rachel Green actress Jennifer Aniston came to his defence and said: “I loved the monkey.”

    But David clapped back: “Yeah because you didn’t have to touch it!”

  • MONKEY BUSINESS

    David Schwimmer has revealed a REVOLTING encounter with Marcel the monkey on set, saying: “When the monkey was resting and just waiting for us to roll, it would sit on my shoulder.

    “The trainer would come up and just open [their hand] and give the monkey live grubs.

    “So the monkey would be sitting on my shoulder, take some grubs, break them in half – the squirming live grub, they ate it, and then it would just go like that [put its hands on me]. Monkey grubby hands all over. It just wasn’t [pleasant].”

  • OH MY GOD!

    It wouldn’t be a Friends reunion without the return of some of the show’s best recurring characters too, particularly Maggie Wheeler.

    Maggie played Janice – Chandler’s on-off annoying girlfriend – and they all seemed delighted to see her when she came out on stage.

    Maggie not only recreated Janet’s famous laugh, but uttered her catchphrase “Oh my God!” one more time. Hoorah!

  • SUPER SIX

    For me, the best moments of the reunion so far are when the six actors are together on the set sharing their memories.

    While it’s nice to have a bit of structure with the James Corden interview bits, the real magic is seeing the six interact and fall back into the rhythm they had together in the show’s heyday.

    You can just tell there’s a lot of love there for each other and that time in their lives, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

  • NO-SE WAY

    Matt said his friend suggested they go drinking and he added: “To make a long story short,” he continued. “We woke up in the middle of the night at his apartment and had to go to the bathroom – and I got up too fast. 

    “I can’t believe I’m telling this, I kind of blacked out as you do, fell face first into the toilet and I hit my nose on the bottom of the toilet seat, and a huge chunk of meat came off my nose.” 

    “I’m looking in the mirror, it’s bleeding, I was like ‘oh my god, I have to go into the big callback’ and it’s like a big ugly scab on my nose.”

  • OW! YOU DOIN?

    Matt Le Blanc left his Friends co-stars recoiling in horror as he revealed he ‘knocked a chunk out of his nose’ hours before his final audition. 

    The actor landed the role of a lifetime as Joey Tribbiani on the beloved sitcom, and during the reunion special spoke about how he almost didn’t get the part after going out drinking with a pal the night before his big audition for network bosses.

  • DIFFERENT JOEY

    Marta Kauffman said of Matt Le Blanc: “He hadn’t done an awful lot. He’s done another show, but he hadn’t done an awful lot.”

    Kevin Bright added: “So Matt, went right down to the wire – auditioned for the network and NBC with another actor and he killed it and he got the partners Joey.

    “But the funny thing about it is the other actor ended up in the show in The One with the Unagi, playing fake Joey.” 

  • MONEY WOES

    Matt LeBlanc had just 11 dollars to his name as career hit rock bottom before bagging Joey role

    Co-creator Marta Kauffman revealed: “If I remember correctly, he had like $11 in his pocket when he auditioned, maybe it was nine, but it wasn’t a lot.

    Fellow creator David Crane added of his casting: “We saw a lot of guys who you believe were actors, guys who liked women, but they weren’t funny then Matt came in, and suddenly on him the lines felt funny.”

  • EMOTIONAL REUNION

    Seeing the six actors reunite on the set for the first time in decades was a special moment.

    David Schwimmer arrived first, followed by Lisa Kudrow, then Jennifer, followed by Matt Le Blanc, Courteney Cox and finally Matthew Perry.

    Jennifer was in floods of tears as soon as she walked in bless her.

  • UNFRIENDED

    Matthew Perry said he doesn’t hear from ANYONE from show mid-reunion.

    When asked about how often they see each other Lisa Kudrow said: “We stay in touch for sure, maybe not every day but you know, we have such a bond from having done this show and forged this very tight relationship that any time you text or call someone, they’re gonna pick up. They’ll be there.” 

    Host James Corden then asked: “Who doesn’t pick up?” and Matthew joked: “I don’t hear from anyone!”

  • BAD TIMING

    Jennifer and David insist they were nothing but Friends, with Jennifer admitting: “I remember saying one time to David, ‘it’s gonna be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television’. 

    “Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. So we just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”

  • LOVE LINES

    David Schwimmer said of his feelings for Jennifer Aniston: “At some point we were both crushing hard on each other but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship. 

    “So, and we never crossed that boundary, you know we respected that.” 

    Matt Le Blanc then threw a major spanner in the works by joke coughing and declaring: “Bullsh**t!” 

  • COURTENEY COX SHARES WHERE MONICA GELLER WOULD BE IN 2021

    While speaking to People ahead of the Friends reunion, Courteney Cox was asked about what her character- Monica Geller- would be up to today.

    The series ended with Monica and her husband Chandler Bing leaving their Greenwich Village apartment to move to a house in Westchester with their newborn twins.

    Courteney said: “I always just feel like Monica would be doing something competitively with other mothers and trying to outdo them.

    “Whether it’s the bake sale at school or something. I mean, she’d be so annoying. She’d be at the head of the PTA or something.”

  • REAL LIFE ROSS AND RACHEL

    JENNIFER Aniston and David Schwimmer have confessed that they almost became a real-life Ross and Rachel during the Friends Reunion special.

    The duo became the ultimate will they/won’t they couple during the 10-year run of the NBC sitcom, and almost 25 years later, they admitted their sexual chemistry came largely down to their off-screen flirtations.

    James Corden, who hosted the special, managed to find out the truth by saying: “Will you allow me to ask what I would consider to be a cheeky question? 

    “It’s impossible not to realise and see that you’re all young, hot, good looking successful actors, that it’s inconceivable to me that there weren’t perhaps off-screen romances.” 

    Looking awkward, Jennifer coughed before going: “Well.. I mean, David?”

    “The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,” David admits, with Jennifer agreeing the feelings were reciprocal.  

  • MATTHEW PERRY PREDICTS CHANDLER WOULD HAVE BEEN A ‘WONDERFUL FATHER’

    During the series finale of Friends, Matthew Perry’s character Chandler Bing and wife Monica Geller left their Greenwich Village apartment to move to a house in Westchester with their newborn twins.

    While speaking to People ahead of the Friends reunion, Matthew said he thought Chandler “would be a wonderful father.”

    When asked what he thought the character would be up to today, Matthew guessed Chandler would be working as “a wonderful comedy writer.”

  • MONEY WOES

    Matt LeBlanc had just 11 dollars to his name as career hit rock bottom before bagging Joey role

    Co-creator Marta Kauffman revealed: “If I remember correctly, he had like $11 in his pocket when he auditioned, maybe it was nine, but it wasn’t a lot.

    Fellow creator David Crane added of his casting: “We saw a lot of guys who you believe were actors, guys who liked women, but they weren’t funny then Matt came in, and suddenly on him the lines felt funny.”

  • EMOTIONAL REUNION

    Seeing the six actors reunite on the set for the first time in decades was a special moment.

    David Schwimmer arrived first, followed by Lisa Kudrow, then Jennifer, followed by Matt Le Blanc, Courteney Cox and finally Matthew Perry.

    Jennifer was in floods of tears as soon as she walked in bless her.

  • UNFRIENDED

    Matthew Perry said he doesn’t hear from ANYONE from show mid-reunion.

    When asked about how often they see each other Lisa Kudrow said: “We stay in touch for sure, maybe not every day but you know, we have such a bond from having done this show and forged this very tight relationship that any time you text or call someone, they’re gonna pick up. They’ll be there.” 

    Host James Corden then asked: “Who doesn’t pick up?” and Matthew joked: “I don’t hear from anyone!”

  • BAD TIMING

    Jennifer and David insist they were nothing but Friends, with Jennifer admitting: “I remember saying one time to David, ‘it’s gonna be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television’. 

    “Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. So we just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”

  • LOVE LINES

    David Schwimmer said of his feelings for Jennifer Aniston: “At some point we were both crushing hard on each other but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship. 

    “So, and we never crossed that boundary, you know we respected that.” 

    Matt Le Blanc then threw a major spanner in the works by joke coughing and declaring: “Bullsh**t!” 

  • COURTENEY COX SHARES WHERE MONICA GELLER WOULD BE IN 2021

    While speaking to People ahead of the Friends reunion, Courteney Cox was asked about what her character- Monica Geller- would be up to today.

    The series ended with Monica and her husband Chandler Bing leaving their Greenwich Village apartment to move to a house in Westchester with their newborn twins.

    Courteney said: “I always just feel like Monica would be doing something competitively with other mothers and trying to outdo them.

    “Whether it’s the bake sale at school or something. I mean, she’d be so annoying. She’d be at the head of the PTA or something.”

     

  • REAL LIFE ROSS AND RACHEL

    JENNIFER Aniston and David Schwimmer have confessed that they almost became a real-life Ross and Rachel during the Friends Reunion special.

    The duo became the ultimate will they/won’t they couple during the 10-year run of the NBC sitcom, and almost 25 years later, they admitted their sexual chemistry came largely down to their off-screen flirtations.

    James Corden, who hosted the special, managed to find out the truth by saying: “Will you allow me to ask what I would consider to be a cheeky question? 

    “It’s impossible not to realise and see that you’re all young, hot, good looking successful actors, that it’s inconceivable to me that there weren’t perhaps off-screen romances.” 

    Looking awkward, Jennifer coughed before going: “Well.. I mean, David?”

    “The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,” David admits, with Jennifer agreeing the feelings were reciprocal.  

  • MATTHEW PERRY PREDICTS CHANDLER WOULD HAVE BEEN A ‘WONDERFUL FATHER’

    During the series finale of Friends, Matthew Perry’s character Chandler Bing and wife Monica Geller left their Greenwich Village apartment to move to a house in Westchester with their newborn twins.

    While speaking to People ahead of the Friends reunion, Matthew said he thought Chandler “would be a wonderful father.”

    When asked what he thought the character would be up to today, Matthew guessed Chandler would be working as “a wonderful comedy writer.”

     

  • MONICA’S APARTMENT WAS RECREATED FOR THE REUNION

    Back in April, Friends fans were given their first glimpse at the highly anticipated reunion as the set of Monica Geller’s apartment is restored.

    The set designer from the original series, Greg Grande, returned in order to perfect the apartment for the new Friends episode.

    Original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer came together to film the reunion episode.

    The special marks the first time the hilarious six have been seen since the sitcom came to an end with it’s finale episode in 2004.

    Designer Greg took to Instagram to share a teaser snap of the set, writing to fans: “Ssssh, something’s happening, deja vu… coming alive once again.”

  • WHAT WILL JUSTIN BIEBER DO DURING THE REUNION?

    Back in April, The Sun revealed how producers roped in some of the world’s biggest stars for cameo appearances.

    Justin Bieber filmed scenes wearing Ross Geller’s famous “Spudnik” potato costume from eighth-season episode The One With The Halloween Party.

    The cameo is a huge coup for bosses at HBO Max, who had to delay filming three times due to the pandemic.

    Other guests that are set to participate in the reunion include David Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon and James Corden.

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