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Friends reunion LIVE – How to watch and latest reactions as cast return to our screens 25 years later for HBO special

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.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHO IS HOSTING THE FRIENDS REUNION?

    The upcoming Friends reunion will feature a number of guest host.

    James Corden will host the Friends reunion, but he won’t be the only one.

    The talk show host is actually is one of many “special guests” who will be part of the HBO Max special.

    Other special guest hosts include pop superstars Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, soccer star David Beckham, and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.

  • Patrick Knox

    GUEST STAR

    Friends star Jennifer Aniston praised her ex-husband Brad Pitt as a “wonderful” guest star.

    When it comes to memorable Friends‘ guest stars, Jennifer told Access Hollywood of Brad Pitt’s episode: “Mr. Pitt was wonderful.

    Courteney Cox agreed, while Lisa Kudrow added: “He was fantastic.”

    The Academy Award-winner guest starred on the episode titled The One with the Rumor.

    Brad’s character was part of the “I hate Rachel” club in high school with Ross, played by David Schwimmer.

    The A-listers tied the knot in 2000 before parting ways in 2005 as their relationship saw hardships after Brad starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie, who he went on to marry in 2014.

  • Patrick Knox

    LADY GAGA AND LISA KUDROW WILL PERFORM DUET

    Lady Gaga will star in the upcoming Friends union alongside Lisa Kudrow as the pair perform character Phoebe’s hit song Smelly Cat.

    Director Ben Winston confirmed that the 35-year-old pop superstar will join the sitcom actress for a hilarious rendition of the song.

    Lady Gaga is just one of many celebrities named to appear in Friends: The Reunion, which will air on HBO Max on Thursday.

  • Patrick Knox

    NO RETURN

    Lisa Kudrow has revealed she will never return for a Friends movie or new episode.

    The 57-year-old – who played Phoebe Buffay – was asked by presenter James Corden if she had ever contemplated returning to the role that made her famous.

    She replied: “No, I’m sorry I haven’t.”

    As the audience chuckled at her direct reply, she explained it would never be her decision to make anyway, it would be up to creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

  • Patrick Knox

    CORRIE: BLUNDER WITH LEANNE BATTERSBY WITNESS PROTECTION?

    Fans have spotted an infuriating error with Leanne Battersby's witness protection storyline.

    Leanne – who is played by Jane Danson in the ITV soap – was forced to go into witness protection with her son Simon by the police to bring down evil dealer Harvey.

    One unimpressed viewer wrote: "Nick & now Leanne have returned to street. Have they looked up the term hideout?"

    Another wrote: "Why is everyone free to go about where they like in witness protection? #coronationstreet"

  • Patrick Knox

    MATTHEW PERRY CLAIMS CAST HAD ‘NO HOOK-UP’ RULE

    Matthew Perry claimed the Friends cast had a “no-hook up rule” and never dated as they discuss their “chemistry” on the upcoming reunion.

    The 51-year-old actor sat down for an interview with PEOPLE, along with castmates Matt LeBlanc, 53, and David Schwimmer, 54, to discuss the long-awaited reunion special premiering on HBO Max.

    During the “three-question” interview, Matthew dished on why the cast never dated claiming they had a “no hook-up” rule.

    He stated: “It was really important to the six of us that we kept a friendship.

    “If we were hooking up or if there was any strangeness going on, that might mess with things."

    Matt added in that the cast was “more like siblings.”

  • Patrick Knox

    OW! YOU DOIN?

    Matt LeBlanc 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.

  • Patrick Knox

    ON SET INJURY

    Viewers got to see the excruciating moment Matt LeBlanc dislocated his shoulder during series three episode, The One Where No One’s Ready.

    Matt revealed how he had to dive into the arm chair before Matthew Perry’s character Chandler could get to it, but in one take his foot caught the end of the coffee table, sending him into the chair at a weird angle.

    The actor dislocated his shoulder and filming had to be halted for the night, while his injury was also written in to the show with Joey wearing a sling for a number of episodes.

  • Patrick Knox

    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

  • John Hall

    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

  • Julia Fields

    BEING THEMSELVES

    Fans can't wait for the reunion even though the stars do not reprise their iconic roles.

    Courteney's on-screen brother David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, also spoke about the reunion on The Graham Norton Show.

    "I’ll be David. Nothing is scripted and we are not in character," he said.

    "We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something."

     

  • Patrick Knox

    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.”

  • Julia Fields

    COX WAS 'SO EMOTIONAL' AHEAD OF THE REUNION

    Courteney Cox, opening up to Ellen DeGeneres, was left "so emotional" by a "special surprise" in the unscripted reunion show.

    "It was so unbelievable, so emotional," the actress told Ellen.

    "It’s an unscripted reunion and we got to be on Stage 24 for the first time all of us in, I forget how many years. 15 years? 17 years?"

    Courteney, who played Monica Geller on Friends, added: "It was great. It was really fun. We had a lot of special surprises – and it was fantastic. It really was."

  • Julia Fields

    FROM SPOUSE TO STALKER

    Courteney's ex husband David Arquette appeared on an episode during their relationship.

    He played Phoebe's creepy stalker during season 3 in an episode called The One With The Jam.

    Courteney and David met on the set of Scream in 1996, and wed in San Francisco in 1999.

    After more than 10 years of marriage, the two announced they were separating in October 2010 and the divorce was finalized in 2013.

    The pair share daughter Coco, whom they welcomed in June 2004.

  • Julia Fields

    UNFORTUNATE TIMING

    Next we have a slightly awkward affair as Tate played Rachel's love interest Joshua, despite being her ex.

    The couple dated from 1995 until 1998.

    However, they broke up just before he started work on the show, which made the experience awkward and “horrible,” as Tate later described it.

    To make things worst he was signed up to do five episodes as Rachel's new boyfriend. Ouch.

  • Julia Fields

    JULIA ROBERTS' GUEST APPEARANCE LED TO ROMANCE ON SET

    We think when it comes to flings on set, Matthew wins the jackpot.

    The actor met Julia Roberts when she filmed a guest role on the show in season 2.

    The pair actually went on to date for two years until 1996.

  • Jill Robinson

    ON SET INJURY

    Viewers got to see the excruciating moment Matt LeBlanc dislocated his shoulder during series three episode, The One Where No One’s Ready.

    Matt revealed how he had to dive into the arm chair before Matthew Perry’s character Chandler could get to it, but in one take his foot caught the end of the coffee table, sending him into the chair at a weird angle.

    The actor dislocated his shoulder and filming had to be halted for the night, while his injury was also written in to the show with Joey wearing a sling for a number of episodes.

  • Jill Robinson

    HOW TO WATCH THE REUNION

    If you’re reading this and thinking ‘wow, this reunion show sounds amazing, how do I watch it?’ here’s what you need to know.

    In the US, the episode is available on HBO Max.

    In the UK there are two ways to watch it.

    One is via Sky: https://fave.co/3wvNcVI and the other is via NOW (formerly NOW TV): https://tidd.ly/2QUQ0N0.

  • Jill Robinson

    SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT

    Speaking about their mutual feelings, David said: "The first season, I had a major crush on Jen."

    Jen replied: "It was reciprocal."

    David continued: "At one point we were both crushing hard on each other. but it was like two ships passing, as one of us was always in a relationship, so we never crossed that boundary."

  • Jill Robinson

    PLANE STUPID

    Jennifer wasn't the only member of the Friends cast who was signed up to another show at the beginning.

    Matthew Perry was working on a sci-fi sitcom called LAX 2194, which was about "baggage handlers at the L.A. airport in the year 2194".

    And yes it was as bad as it sounds, so Matthew was released from his contract and allowed to join the Friends cast.

    Could we BE any happier about that?

  • Jill Robinson

    DIFFERENT FRIENDS

    During the reunion show, it was revealed by the creators that Jennifer Aniston almost missed out on playing Rachel Green.

    Jennifer filmed the pilot and three episodes of Friends, but was also contracted to another sitcom, Muddling Through.

    If Muddling Through had been a hit, the creators would have had to re-film the first few episodes of Friends with a new actress but thankfully, it was a flop.

    And the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Jill Robinson

    HAPPY ENDINGS

    Lisa added how it would mean unpicking the character's happy endings in the finale to bring back the show.

    She said: "I once heard them say, and I completely agree, they ended the show very nicely. Everyone's lives are very nice and they would have to unravel all those good things in order for there to be stories. I don't want anyone's happy endings unraveled.

    "Also at my age to be saying like 'floopy', stop. You have to grow up."

  • Jill Robinson

    HOW TO WATCH THE REUNION

    If you're reading this and thinking 'wow, this reunion show sounds amazing, how do I watch it?' here's what you need to know.

    In the US, the episode is available on HBO Max.

    In the UK there are two ways to watch it.

    One is via Sky: https://fave.co/3wvNcVI and the other is via NOW (formerly NOW TV): https://tidd.ly/2QUQ0N0.

  • Jill Robinson

    AND WHAT ABOUT PHOEBE AND JOEY?

    Continuing the theme of 'where are the Friends now?' Lisa Kudrow said: "Phoebe is married to Mike, they're probably in Connecticut they had kids and I thinks she was an advocate for her kids who were probably a little different, creating the arts program and stuff like that."

    While all the other characters are married with kids, Matt Le Blanc said Joey had "Probably opened a sandwich shop in Venice Beach."

  • Jill Robinson

    LIFE AFTER THE FINALE

    James Corden asked the actors what they think their characters were doing now.

    Jennifer said of Rachel and Ross: "Let's say we got married, we had some kids and you [to David] still played with bones."

    Courteney added: "I think my character is still really competitive, her kids have probably graduated but she's still in charge of the bake sale at elementary school. She's got to keep things going, PTA. And you [to Matthew] are making me laugh every day."

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