There still isnât a âFriendsâ spinoff starring Lisa Kudrow, despite a report a year ago that falsely claimed one was in the works. Gossip Cop busted this story 365 days ago. Itâs now clear our reporting was correct.
On June 22, 2017, we called out In Touch for peddling a story contending Kudrow was in âserious talksâ for her own âPhoebe Buffay spin-off.â The project was supposedly the brainchild of âFriendsâ creator Marta Kauffman, with whom Kudrow was working on the Netflix series âGrace And Frankie.â It was alleged they were coming up with âfun storylines,â with the series supposedly going to focus on Phoebe âdivorced now and living backâ in New York City.
A so-called âinsiderâ was quoted as saying, âItâs only natural that she would occasionally bump into her old Central Perk gang.â To that end, it was alleged the âultimate goalâ was to have guest appearances from Kudrowâs former co-stars, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. Declared the purported tipster, âIt would be an epic TV moment. If thereâs anyone that can make that happen, itâs Lisa.â
Yes, even just âone hilarious episodeâ bringing the whole âFriendsâ cast back together would indeed be an âepic TV moment.â But there were no such plans in place. When Gossip Cop investigated, a rep for Kudrow exclusively told us there was âno truthâ to this report. And that was, well, the truth. In the 12 months that have passed since our debunking, itâs become clear Kudrow is not starring in a âFriendsâ spinoff.
To date, the only âFriendsâ spinoff has been the LeBlanc-focused âJoey,â which was critically panned and pulled by NBC partway through its second season in 2006 due to poor ratings. And in 2014, Kauffman admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, âWe never, ever from the beginning ever wanted to do a spin-off or âGrown-Up Friendsâ or âFriends Kidsâ or âBaby Friends.’â She went on to explain, âWe always knew and felt very strongly that not only would it never happen, we never wanted to be part of that, because it so rarely works. We just felt like this show is about a certain time in your life, and once youâre past that time in your life, the show is over.â
More recently, earlier this month co-creator David Crane said even a âFriendsâ reunion will âneverâ happen, insisting, âItâs done. Thatâs why you donât want to see more of it, because itâs all a happy ending.â Tabloids would do well to remember that, instead of spreading rumors about spinoffs and reunions that arenât really happening.