Matthew Perry regrets 'Friends' ending


In news sure to make you feel old, no matter your age, it has been almost a decade since 'Friends' ended its 10 season run on NBC.

Success since its ending has come in a mixed bag for the friends. Of the six main cast members, only Jennifer Aniston has seen her star continue to burn as brightly now as it did then - and a lot of that is reflective of her love life and its ups-and-downs more than it is any career decisions she has made.

FSo it is no surprise that some 'Friends' cast members miss the good old days. Recently Matthew Perry (who played Chandler Bing on the show) sat down with a bunch of TV's leading comedic actors for The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy roundtable. There he looked back of his time on the beloved program. 

"It's just really, really completely, completely a different thing," he said in discussing his recent NBC series, the cancelled 'Go On,' versus working on 'Friends.' "It's all changed so much. I had no expectation of ['Go On'] even being close ... It just feels night and day."

"That show was ridiculous -- it's in front of a live audience, it was like a 10-4 kind of job, and we only worked a third of the time," he continued. "On my show, I work like 15 hours a day every day. And I was like, 'Why in the world did we stop?' We all decided, 'You know what? Let's stop.' I'd love to get in a time machine right now and go, 'Let's not stop.'"

Fans of 'Friends' certainly have asked that question. While the series may have run its course, fans still clamor to this day for another chance to see Chandler, Monica, Joey, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe one last time. Earlier this year, rumors (which have since been debunked) circulated that a reunion was coming in 2014.

AnistonOn an episode of 'Ellen' in May, Aniston was asked about a reunion and she seemed like she would be up for it.

"Doing that little bit (for the 'Ellen' show) with Matty and Court, we all were very nostalgic and miss working together and love each other ... It's a great thing to get to go back to your family like that and also know that people will love it and enjoy it," she said.

Perry talked about the rumors recently, but seemed skeptical about a reunion.

"It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good ... It was so terrific ... If we did a ['Friends'] movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it," he said.

Would you like to see 'Friends' once again? Would a reunion work better as a special episode or a feature-length film?

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Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 13th, 2013, 10:35 pm

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Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 12:18 am
I wonder if they didn't stop doing Friends probably we can see this young ones grow up... Ben & Emma Geller, Jack & Erica Bing, Frank Jr. Jr., Leslie & Chandler Buffay and Uncle Joey [yeah, Joey too]..

Message Posted On Jun 14th, 2013, 2:25 pm
The things that made friends what it was were the Seinfeld lead-in and the lack of a comprehensive internet. People needed something to talk about with people they otherwise had little to nothing in common with - A water-cooler subject. Now, water cooler talk isn't necessary because people talk virtually with the people they already know instead of hanging out with co-workers. It was an OK show with beautiful, funny people on it. It was OK for a while, then just a place-holder. I don't miss it at all.
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Message Posted On Jun 14th, 2013, 7:52 am
just as matthew says it would be really sad if they did decide to make something new as a Friends movie and it failed.. but Friend could have continued after the 10th season but the shows "story" were kinda ruined and rushed with rachel-ross having a baby. IF they were smart back in the days they would have slowed things down with the story and maybe get it to a 10+ season or more and later on finish it with a movie and telling the characters story about where they ended and stuff.. ]] I feel really sorry for JOEY cuz, his character kinda ended with friends. The Joey series was a big failure, not because of joey, but because joey without the friends was just not the same, he felt depressed and i did too... >> but I hope they'll come with an reunion, but im sure it wont be easy.. not at all. theyll have to work their asses off for a good story as it really were..<< Really miss you guys.. i still watch the show from start to end but end up feeling sad everytime i finish! Friends is the 1# TV-show of all time and will always be. But if you are coming back, dont do it if youre not together..

Message Posted On Jun 14th, 2013, 7:12 am
I'd love to see a new series, 20 years later.
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