Producer Sean Hayes clears the air

By Michele Corriston
January 19, 2016 10:50 AM

The so-called Friends reunion is getting as contentious as the question of whether Ross and Rachel were on a break.

First, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt ended fans’ long, national nightmare at a Television Critics Association panel last week, promising Central Perk’s most loyal customers would reunite more than a decade after the sitcom’s series finale for a special honoring director James Burrows.

Then, our hearts couldn’t be any more broken when Matthew Perry announced he’d only be phoning it in to introduce his costars while rehearsing for a new play in London.


And on Saturday, David Schwimmer said everyone seriously needs to find a state of unagi, calling all the buzz “completely inaccurate.”

Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes, who’s producing NBC’s tribute, cleared the air once and for all on Tuesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“So James Burrows is the veteran director responsible for such hits as Cheers, Friends, Taxi, Will & Grace, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, on and on and on and on. So what we did is we gathered all the casts from all of those shows and we’re going to a do a two-hour special, and they re all going to participate in some way or another. It is not a reunion of any kind,” he said as the audience laughed.

Well, there you have it. Let’s just call this episode “The One Where the Internet Freaked Out for No Reason.”

The tribute airs Feb. 21 on NBC.