Ever wonder what’s become of Will & Grace’s friendship, nine years after show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick closed the curtain? Dreamt of all your favorite Friends meeting up for just one more cup of joe? Sorry to burst your nostalgic sitcom bubble, but neither is going to happen.
NBC curbed any and all enthusiasm about a Will & Grace special today, just 24 hours after initial reports of an Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes reunion ran across the web. A network source told Buzzfeed that there is “no truth” behind the buzz, and though there may be room for a reunion in the future, “there are no talks right now.”
If that weren’t enough of a dagger, Hayes, who played Will’s gay best friend Jack, tweeted “I can officially say, no one has contacted any of us about a ‘reunion’ show or special,” sealing the sad news with a downcast Emoji.
Short-lived murmurs of Will & Grace’s reunion incited Friends star Courteney Cox to offer words about her own classic comedy’s potential to reemerge. “It’s not going to happen,” she told David Letterman Monday night on his namesake show, adding that it’s hard enough to get the gang together for a dinner date.
Her sentiment is shared by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, and frankly, isn’t at all new. Last year, Kauffman debunked reunion rumors telling Us Weekly “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.” Cox’s castmate Jennifer Aniston even shut down giving the show a Sex and the City-style movie treatment in 2012. “Friends is not in a movie theater,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It doesn’t make sense to me. I think it would be going against its authentic self.”
Consider our hearts stilled—and minds made up that it’s probably best to leave both shows where they ended. After all, we can always revisit the tales on Netflix.