David Schwimmer reveals Friends reunion will shoot next month but denies rumors disgraced Ellen DeGeneres will host

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, 54, spoke about the event during his talk with the Bravo producer on Sirius XM's Andy Cohen Live.

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.


"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."


"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 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.


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.

The full cast, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry, will return for the mini reboot, 16 years after they wrapped the final season.


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.

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