FRIENDS star Lisa Kudrow tried to cancel appearing with her castmates one last time on a post-show TV reunion last night (06MAY04) because she didn't want to miss her son's first parent-teacher meeting.

The actress, who plays PHOEBE on the hit show, didn't think she'd be missed at a finale screening, which was hosted by chat show host Jay Leno at the show's old soundstage on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California.

She explains, "I tried to cancel last week. I didn't realise it would be such a big deal. It's also my son's very first back-to-school night with kids and their parents, but I just thought, 'I can't not go.'

"We went this morning. The teacher is devilishly handsome, MR HALL, and he said that my husband and I could go in and have our own open house."

07/05/2004 19:24