DAVID Schwimmer has confirmed the shoot date for the long-awaited Friends reunion, but revealed that Ellen DeGeneres will not be hosting the special event.
The NBC star spoke about the show’s reunion in a conversation with Andy Cohen, as he divulged that the rescheduled special would begin filming soon.
David Schwimmer revealed the film date for the Friends Reunion specialCredit: PA:Press Association
The actor, who played Ross Geller in the beloved sitcom, shared that he would be reuniting with his cast mates “in a little over a month.”
Andy, 52, brought up the much-desired special, asking: “Have you guys shot anywhere?”
“Actually, in a little over a month I’m heading out to LA,” the New York native confessed, nearly a year after the original shoot date had passed.
The original cast will be reuniting for the HBO Max eventCredit: Refer to Caption
He explained their goal to ‘film safely’ and to follow the correct ‘protocols’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
“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.”
Rumors were swirling over the past year that socially disgraced television host Ellen DeGeneres would be hosting the HBO Max special, which presented Andy’s next line of questioning.
“Is Ellen hosting that?” the Bravo star asked, to which David replied shortly: “no.”
Ellen, 63, was canceled this past year after many of her former staff members came forward to claim she facilitated a “toxic work culture.”
Ellen DeGeneres will not be hosting the showCredit: AP:Associated Press
She faced cancel culture in 2020 for having a ‘toxic’ work environmentCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“She’s not,” Andy continued, “Do you know, can you say who is?” he pushed.
“You know what, I don’t know if I can actually,” the actor admitted.
“Yeah. Should’ve found that out. Um, all right. It’s not Ellen, it’s not Billy Crystal. I could tell you who it’s not.”
“Andy is it you?” he inquired, though the Watch What Happens Live star answered: “Oh my God. I wish it was.”
The Friends Reunion was originally set to film in March of 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
They were forced to push back the air date to August of 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Friends reunion special was confirmed for production in February of 2020 and was set for filming in March.
The original plan was for the network to release the program in celebration of their HBO Max launch, but the plans were thwarted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In April, HBO disclosed that the reunion would not film on schedule, and would instead air in August of 2020.
Unfortunately, this date was also abandoned as the cast refused to film virtually without the use of the original set at Stage 24, in the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California.
The cast was against filming virtually, so production was halted until Spring 2021Credit: AFP or licensors
Matthew Perry shared they would be having a ‘busy year’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
In November, cast member Matthew Perry tweeted an update for production, claiming that the crew was setting their sights on March of 2021.
“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it,” he wrote.
A few scenes from the reunion have been ‘pre-shot’Credit: FRIENDS
The reunion will take place 16 years after the show wrappedCredit: NBCUniversal – Getty
Friends aired for 10 seasons from September 22, 1994, through May 6, 2004, and followed six friends as they experienced life in New York City.
In January, star Lisa Kudrow revealed she had already filmed some scenes for the reunion.
“There are different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things.
“I pre-shot something already so we’re definitely doing it because I already shot a little something,” she shared.