Actor Matt LeBlanc is moving forward with his career with a new sit-com, but the emphasis is on forward. In his clearest statements yet, he says count him out of any “Friends” reunion.
The NBC series, with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry, was hugely popular during its 10-year run. More than 50 million people tuned in for the show’s final episode in 2004.
Needless to say, a reunion movie would probably be well received. The two “Sex and the City” movies have proved that.
A reunion seemed distinctly possible last year when Aniston and Cox appeared together on Cox’s TV comedy “Cougar Town.”
Perry also said he was willing to do a reunion.
But LeBlanc, 43, is promoting his new Showtime series “Episodes,” about behind-the-scenes Hollywood as an English couple tries to bring a UK sit-com to the United States.
It marks LeBlanc’s return to television following the death of his friends spinoff, “Joey,” which was canceled by NBC after two seasons in the face of declining ratings.
Not surprisingly the question inevitably comes up: Is he open to doing a “Friends” reunion movie? And he usually answers just as adamantly
“No. I’d rather have a party and everybody there,” said Le Blanc recently. “Friends was this magical, cool thing, like lightning in a bottle and I feel super fortunate to be part of it.
“But I can’t see a reunion not feeling gratuitous. What would the story be? We all get together and what? Have coffee?” he said.