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The long-awaited Friends reunion special is on the horizon.
David Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar in the hit sitcom, confirmed in an interview on SiriusXM's Radio Andy Wednesday that the upcoming HBO Max special — which will bring the core cast back together on the NBC comedy's original soundstage — will be taping soon.
"It's happening," the actor, 54, said of the reunion. "Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to L.A."
"So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there's going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols," added Schwimmer.
But Schwimmer shut down the possibility of DeGeneres' involvement, and then explained to Cohen that he's unsure if he can reveal who is hosting the reunion special. "I can tell you it's not Ellen, and it's not Billy Crystal," Schwimmer said. "I can tell you who it's not, but that'll take a while, probably."
Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston
Friends originally aired for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004 and starred Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. The sitcom's reunion was first announced in February 2020 by HBO Max and was scheduled to premiere that May, but was delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Unfortunately it's very sad that we had to move it again," Aniston, 52, told Deadline in August. "It was, 'How do we do this with live audiences?' This is not a safe time. Period. That's the bottom line. It's not a safe time to do it."
"It's going to be super," she added. "I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we're not going anywhere. You're never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You're stuck with us for life, guys."
Kudrow, who played the eclectic Phoebe Buffay, revealed in January that she and her costars have already shot some scenes for the reunion.
"There's different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things," she said on the Literally! With Rob Lowe podcast. "I pre-shot something already so we're definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something."
Kudrow, 57, also clarified the cast will not be reprising their iconic Friends characters, but chatting as themselves. "It's not a reboot," she said. "It's not like a scripted thing, we're not portraying our characters. It's us getting together, which just doesn't happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped."