Fans of Friends have been excited ever since it was announced that the hugely popular series will be having a reunion. But the much-anticipated get-together has encountered another obstacle – who the host will be.
It was rumoured at first that Ellen DeGeneres will be taking up that role, but ever since the talk show host’s involvement in several workplace allegations, it is now uncertain whether she will be participating or not.
Cohen asked: “Is there a host for that? Is Ellen — did I hear that Ellen DeGeneres was hosting the reunion?” Kudrow seemed unsure on how to answer the question and responded with a rather coy “Um, you may, I don’t know. I don’t know that that’s been decided.”
A source close to the production has also confirmed that the cast of the show don’t really want anything to do with DeGeneres.
“The show is a family-friendly sitcom, and with Elle’s recent allegations it just wouldn’t fit in with the format. The cast is really nervous that it won’t look good, so they actually want to distance themselves for her. They would really like to have someone that had a connection to the show,” a source told OK!
“I love stumbling on a Friends episode. This one time I was with Courteney, and we were trying to find something to reference, an old Friends thing. And then we stumbled on — there’s bloopers online — and we sat there at the computer like two nerds watching these bloopers laughing at ourselves,” she told Kudrow.
Apart from finding a new host, WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt said that filming will only take place when it is safe to do so.
“We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production. We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms,” he said.
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