"Friends" update on delayed reunion special says it needs a live audience

With the “Friends” reunion special continuing to be delayed, one of the co-creators, Marta Kaufmann, has stated that it will not be made until it is totally safe to do so.

Before the postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, filming was starting in March and the special episode was going to be aired on the 27th May to coincide with the launch of HBO Max.

She went on to say that it will definitely need a live studio audience and would not go ahead without one. She told excited fans on the Entertainment Tonight show that “we all want this to happen but we have to wait until it is completely safe”.

She went on to say that “the show is not scripted and that is how it works, so we would need a live audience”. Her statements follow a report a fortnight ago that said the special show had been rescheduled for 17th August but had, yet again, been postponed.

Star David Schwimmer, who plays Ross Geller, sparked hopes last month when he announced the show would be filmed around the middle of August but only if it was “really safe enough”. Kauffman created the original series with friend David Crane. Friends ran for 10 seasons across 10 years between 1994 to 2004.

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