The cast of ‘Friends’ have been pictured together for the first time in years, as part of an NBC event to honour TV director James Burrows. David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox were all present, with only Matthew Perry notably absent. However the group did find three interesting replacements for their missing cast member.

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The ‘Friends’ reunion photo was first shared by ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco on Instagram who wrote: ‘Ummmm NIGHT MADE. Can't breathe #friends meets #bbt @bigbangtheory_cbs I died and went to heaven'.

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The picture also featured Cuoco and her ‘Big Bang Theory’ castmates Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons. The cast of Friends will be reunited once again on February 21st for an NBC special titled ‘Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.’

Once again the reunion will not feature Matthew Perry, who is currently appearing on London’s West End, however the actor will appear in a pre-taped segment. 'It's not the Friends reunion that everybody's hoping for,’ Perry said during an appearance on 'The Graham Norton Show'.

'They're celebrating Jim Burrows, who was a director of 'Friends' and the five of them are going to be on this special and I'm going to introduce them from here because I'm doing the play here.’ Many fans had been hoping that a fully fledged ‘Friends’ reunion was on the way, however show creator Marta Kauffman has said it will never happen.

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Speaking about the NBC special this month Kauffman said, ”I will be there, but it is not a ‘Friends’ reunion.” When asked if there was any hope of a ‘Friends’ movie the writer added, "I will say there will never be a Friends reunion movie.”