Matthew Perry posts first photo from Friends reunion (before deleting it) and could we be any more excited?

FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
The Friends reunion has been filmed (Picture: Getty)

Matthew Perry has confirmed filming for the Friends reunion has gone ahead as he posted the first picture from the set.

The eagerly-awaited reunion of our favourite New York coffee drinkers was supposed to be broadcast last May after being filmed in March, but it was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross have finally got back together, and could we be any more excited?

Matthew, who played Chandler Bing, posted a picture from his make-up chair, as he looked into the mirror while a make-up artist stood beside him.

The 51-year-old captioned it: ‘Seconds before eating a makeup brush. Not to mention reuniting wth my Friends.’

The snap racked up hundreds of thousands of likes, including a nod from castmate Jennifer Aniston. 

However, it seems that Matthew may have got into trouble with HBO for the teaser, as the Instagrm post has now been deleted.

Matthew Perry Friends reunion teaser
Matthew later deleted the post (Picture: Instagram)

Jennifer, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow didn’t post anything from filming, but we did get a little sneak peek at one of the set locations courtesy of Friends set decorator Greg Grande… before he deleted the post as well. 

Grande posted a shot of the iconic fountain set from the opening credits, with a sofa similar to the one the gang sat on in Central Perk taking pride of place.

The coffee shop set-up was recreated to accommodate all six cast members, including the ‘reserved’ sign on the wooden coffee table.

While the fountain may look like it’s in Central Park, it is actually situated on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

It’s expected that some of the reunion will also be filmed in the sets for Central Perk and Monica’s apartment.

Friends reunion fountain set
Greg Grande shared a picture of the fountain set (Picture: Instagram)

It’s been nearly 17 years since the finale of Friends aired, when Rachel got off the plane for Ross and Monica and Chandler became parents.

While fans of the sitcom may be hoping for a new episode, the cast has stressed that they will not be in character for the reunion.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, explained: ‘I’ll be David. Nothing is scripted and we are not in character.

‘We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.’

The special will mark the first time all six main cast members will be back on screen together since the finale. 

The Friends reunion is expected to air on HBO Max in the summer. 


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