Call it The One Where We Get Millions Of Dollars To Sit In A Room For An Hour because that’s basically what’s going to happen on the next episode of Friends. According to Deadline, Matthew Perry joining Instagram was the seventh seal of the Friendpocalypse and the details of the long-rumored, hour-long, unscripted reunion special to air on HBO Max, have been revealed. Deadline says that a deal has all but been finalized with all six Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, “following tough negotiations.” Which I take to mean that each Friend’s agent repeatedly responded to offers with a laughing face emoji until finally responding with a money mouth face emoji. Each Friend reportedly “will be paid in the $3 million-$4 million range.” *upside down face emoji*
But don’t smash your monitor and curse your life choices just yet. People reports that Deadline’s figures may not be accurate claiming “a source told the Wall Street Journal it would be closer to the $2.5 million range,” which is barely enough to cover the travel costs for Jennifer’s hair brushes (which, for practical purposes, must travel separately in an armored convoy). Look, acting was never going to work out for you anyway. Besides, I know it sounds like easy money, but these guys are putting in the hours. For one, there’s the difficult work of promotion. It’s not like anybody remembers Friends. (via Deadline)
A cryptic tweet by Perry earlier this week whipped fans into a frenzy that the special might be announced soon.
Big news coming…
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) February 5, 2020
Luckily, people were able to figure out that Matthew’s tweet was about Friends and not the reboot of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip the world has been clamoring for since 2008. And I know it seems like when Jennifer joined Instagram, she had instant success. But it’s been slow going for Matthew who only gained 2.2 million followers in a day. Hopefully, by the time he actually makes his first post, that number will grow to reflect the time and effort it takes to have your assistant dig up an old picture of you and your former co-workers from the 90s and post it to your account and then periodically update you on the number of likes it gets and which other celebrities commented on it.
Can you believe only 2 million people liked this photo? It’s almost embarrassing. Like I said, drumming up interest in a Friends reunion is thankless work. But hey, I guess that’s what all the money’s for.