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One Friends Star Is Skipping The Reunion

An upcoming Friends reunion will be one pal short with Matthew Perry unavailable to make a live appearance with his former castmates.

Robert Greenblatt, the entertainment chairman of America's NBC network, announced on Wednesday that the beloved sitcom's six stars, Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, would be reuniting to pay tribute to comedy director James Burrows during a TV special.

During his big reveal, Greenblatt noted, "Hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I'm not sure we can logistically pull that off."

But fans hoping for a full reunion were left disappointed on Thursday after a representative for Perry confirmed he would not be able to appear at the Los Angeles ceremony due to prior commitments in the UK.

"Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on February 2 at the Playhouse Theatre," his rep said in a statement.

"NBC executives were aware of this prior to their announcement yesterday. Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for."

Perry began rehearsals for the show earlier this month and he will be making his debut as a playwright when his dark comedy premieres on London's West End in February.

The James Burrows tribute, which will also feature a reunion of the cast from Will and Grace, will tape on January 24 and air in the US next month.


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