Bad news for Friends fans

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The cast of Friends set the Internet ablaze with a semi-reunion in February for NBC’s James Burrows tribute – but don’t expect to get much more than that.

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman was asked by Deadline if people still nag her about a possible Friends reunion – and her answer might just break the hearts of fans holding out hope to see the gang back together again.

“They nag me all the time about it, and my answer is that Friends was a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and in a weird way, this isn’t that different,” said Kauffman. “Once you start having family of your own it changes, and the show was over.”

She went on to say that a show has a “lifespan” and Friends ran its course.

“It has a lifespan like anything else, and there’s no reason to continue doing it just because people miss the characters,” said Kauffman. “Watch the old ones; there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it.”

In February, the cast gathered to honor Burrows, who hit the milestone of directing 1,000 episodes of television. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc were attendance – with Matthew Perry sending a video message.