Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer all shared the same photo and caption on Instagram on Friday, writing, “It’s happening,” alongside a throwback photo of the cast. Meanwhile, Matt LeBlanc jokingly posted a M*A*S*H cast photo instead.
Celebrities were quick to flood the posts with comments of excitement for the special, which will see the six Friends return to Stage 24, the sitcom’s original soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California for a celebration of the series.
The special will air on HBO Max with all 10 seasons of the series when the streaming platform launches in May of this year.
Aniston’s post seemed to get the most attention.
“WAIT I NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHATS HAPPENING HERE,” wrote Erin Foster in the comments.
Vanity Fair‘s former West Coast editor Krista Smith added of the photo, “I remember this shoot ! MAJ 💥.”
“NOTHING ELSE MATTERS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼,” wrote Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowski.
“Thank you!!! PLEASE PLAY ‘SMELLY CAT’ ❤️❤️❤️,” journalist Lauren Zima commented on Kudrow’s post of the news in a nod to her character’s iconic song.
There have been rumblings of an unscripted reunion coming to HBO Max, but the company’s Chief Content Officer and President of TBS, TNT and truTV Kevin Reilly announced on Friday that it will be officially happening.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Reilly said in a statement.
The executive added, “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”
“It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”
While the excitement for the unscripted special on Friday was monumental, it’s been made clear that the cast won’t be doing a scripted reboot of the show.