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The 'Friends' Reunion Special on HBO Max Has Been Delayed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and the rest of the iconic crew will reunite for a special episode, but we're all going to have to wait a while longer.
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UPDATE: Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, which has caused the cancellation or postponement of many other cultural events, the Friends reunion special has been delayed. It was supposed to film this month, but now production will not continue until at least May. An official date will be determined later when it's more clear when it will be safe for the Friends reunion special and all other TV programming to resume production. 

Friends fans: it's official! After some speculation that's been swirling since last fall, HBO Max has confirmed that the original cast of the widely beloved '90s show is getting back together for a Friends reunion special. We have known the series was leaving Netflix for a while, and though the collective panicking that has ensued failed to bring it back, it seems this nostalgia-inducing moment (along with the return of Gossip Girl) just may make trying out another streaming service in 2020 worth it.

According to Variety, the six main cast members—Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry—have reached a deal with the show's creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and will reportedly receive at least $2.5 million apiece for the Friends reunion special, which will premiere alongside the launch of HBO Max in May 2020. Though it's still developing, the news has already thrilled those who followed the group's adventures the first time around. The special might just go more viral than when Aniston celebrated joining Instagram via a selfie with the cast that proved they're all still, well, friends.

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Aniston had already hinted at the possibility of a Friends reunion special. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she mentioned "something could happen," so the new insight may just be what she was referring to. While we'll have to wait and see what happens in the special episode, it's certain that the world will be waiting patiently for the arrival of this nostalgic gift.
 

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