'Friends' reunion delayed amid the coronavirus outbreak

FRIENDS -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani -- (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Cast of Friends (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

The Friends reunion is apparently the latest show to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jennifer Aniston and co were due to film the eagerly awaited special this month and it was expected to arrive on upcoming on-demand service HBO Max in May.

But US industry publications are reporting that the reunion has been put on hold.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, production has been delayed until at least May.

Jennifer Aniston arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Aniston at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards (Invision/AP)

The special will see Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer reunite on screen 16 years after the hit comedy wrapped in 2004.

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Speculation about a possible reunion had been swirling for years and it was finally confirmed in February.

The cast announced the news with identical pictures on Instagram, writing: “It’s happening…”

While little is known about the show, Cox did assure fans it would be “fantastic” when she made an appearance on web series Hiking With Kevin Nealon.

Friends fans have told of their disappointment about the reunion being disrupted.

“This is the final straw,” wrote one person on Twitter, while others posted crying emojis.

Several productions have been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19, which started at the end of last year and has now seen more than 219,000 people around the world infected.

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Filming on series such as Riverdale and Grey’s Anatomy has been suspended, and movies such as A Quiet Place Part II and No Time To Die have been pushed back.