It’s been a long time coming, but now six lucky fans will get the chance to join the Friends reunion in the flesh.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry are offering up the opportunity to join them for their reunion special by donating to the US coronavirus appeal, the All In Challenge.
One winner, plus five of their friends, will get to join the six Friendsfor the taping the new HBO Max show at Stage 24, in Burbank, California.
As “personal guests in the audience”, the winners will also have the chance to “sip a cup of coffee” with the stars in Central Perk (the sitcom’s famous cafe) and “get the Friends VIP treatment on the Warner Bros studio tour”.
Those donating to the coronavirus fund will be entered into a prize draw to be in with the chance of winning the money-can’t-buy experience, which will take place once social distancing measures are lifted.
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Hi guys 👋🏼 ❤️⠀ ⠀ We’re so excited to join the ALL IN challenge to help keep people fed and healthy during this time. ⠀ ⠀ We’re inviting you and five of YOUR friends to join the six of us on Stage 24. Be our personal guests in the audience for the taping of our @HBOMAX reunion, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate all the fun we had 🥳 … and get the whole Friends VIP experience on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.⠀ ⠀ We hope this brings a little joy, and something to look forward to. Go to AllInChallenge.com to enter… and donate whatever you can – $10, $25 – every dollar counts. 100% of proceeds will go to @nokidhungry, @mealsonwheelsamerica and #AmericasFoodFund which benefits @feedingamerica and @wckitchen. ⠀ Can’t wait to meet and hug you guys when this is all over 🥰 Until then, keep Facetiming, calling, DMing, and texting your friends and family. We gotta stay connected 🙏🏼
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Sharing the news, Aniston wrote: “Can’t wait to meet and hug you guys when this is all over. Until then, keep Facetiming, calling, DMing, and texting your friends and family. We gotta stay connected.”
In a nod to the time she accidentally gave away one of her computer passwords via an Instagram post, Kudrow shared a photo of the competition announcement, along with a Post It note which read: “New password: All In 2020”.
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Hi everyone. Your Friends from FRIENDS want you to know something… We are all in!! You may have heard about the reunion special we are doing for HBO Max, well… WE ALL want YOU and five of YOUR friends to join the 6 of us on Stage 24. Be our personal guests in the audience for the taping where you’ll see us all together again for the first time in AGES, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate the fun we had. PLUS sip a cup of coffee with us in Central Perk and get the “Friends” VIP experience on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Go to AllinChallenge.com and give WHATEVER you can- $10, $25 – every dollar counts. 100% of proceeds will go to @nokidhungry, @mealsonwheelsamerica and #AmericasFoodFund which benefits @FeedingAmerica and @WCKitchen You in? #ALLINCHALLENGE Stay safe, see you SOON
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Schwimmer wrote: “Some of you may have heard about a reunion special I’m going to be doing with my FRIENDS for HBO Max… Wanna come?”
It’s 15 years since the much-loved sitcom came to an end, during which time there has been much speculation over a possible reunion.
While not a reboot, this “unscripted special” promises fans: “You’ll get to see us together again for the first time in ages, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate all the fun we had”.
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The show, one of the most popular TV series of all time, was nominated for 62 Emmy awards during its 10 seasons.
The reunion had been due to film over two days in March but was delayed due to COVID-19.
All six stars are executive producers on the special and it is reported that each will earn between $2.5m to $3m (£2m to £2.4m).
Other celebrities offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the All In Challenge include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber.
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The charity’s founder Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball franchise, says his inspiration was to feed as many people across America as possible, at the same time as bringing people from the sports and entertainment world together.
The All In Challengeaims to raise $100m (£80m) for four US charities: Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.