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Matthew Perry won't be part of 'Friends' special episode

David Schwimmer says he is sad that Matthew Perry won't be part of the James Burrows special episode

Actor David Schwimmer says the 'Friends' cast gathering together next month to honour legendary comedy director James Burrows won't be a reunion of the popular sitcom.

Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow
Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow

"There's no Friends reunion," Schwimmer, who starred with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry in the comedy series Friends, told reporters during the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour, reports a website.

"It's a tribute to Jimmy Burrows who we love and I'm just thrilled to be a part of it. As many of us that can be there will be there and the casts of so many shows are going to try to be there... 'Frasier', 'Cheers', 'Will and Grace'... it goes on.

"This man is an incredible director who helped define situation comedy in this country in the last 40 years so I love him and I'm excited to be there," he added.

Schwimmer was sad that Perry couldn't join the 'Friends' special.

"I wish I could say it was going to be a reunion. Anyway, (It's a) 5/6 reunion," Schwimmer said.

He added: "Sure I'm sad, but I'm happy for him, he's doing a play in London and it's thrilling. I did one there and it was fantastic."

The actor said the moments will still be special despite Perry's absence.

"It's going to be a good time. We're all going to be there honouring someone we love very much... Jimmy Burrows, the great director," he said.

The James Burrows special is scheduled to air on February 21 on NBC.

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