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'Friends' reunion hoax: Fake poster for fall 2014 reunion going viral again

It's doubtful that the cast of "Friends" will ever do an episode again.
It's doubtful that the cast of "Friends" will ever do an episode again.
Tom Thompson

Fans of the hit television show "Friends" have been hoping and waiting for more from the group ever since it went off the air in 2004. Many have thought it would happen and then rumors began floating around time and time again of a reunion, but they've never come to light. Now, an old fake poster of a "Friends" reunion set for fall of 2014 is going viral yet again, according to the Epoch Times on July 9, 2014.

This past weekend, the "Friends" reunion hoax has new life breathed into it, and it's all from a poster that was created by a man named Tom Thompson. It has images of each of the six main cast members and says, "The One After The 10 Year Break - Friends 2014."

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites went crazy over the past weekend with the poster being passed around and everyone somehow believing a "Friends" reunion was coming at Thanksgiving of this year. Somehow, it even got out that NBC had "confirmed" said reunion.

Whatever the case may be, the "Friends" reunion hoax has surfaced again and just isn't happening. At least not at this time. Thompson spoke about it back in January.

“I’m very sorry for any confusion caused. I have to say that the poster wasn’t created with the intention to upset, anger or fool anyone,” creator Tom Thompson told the Metro. “It wasn’t even supposed to be seen by many people. I was expecting a few ‘likes’ on Facebook by some of my friends who are also fans of the show.”

The cast of "Friends" has been confronted with ideas of a reunion over the years, and they've always shot it down.

A few weeks ago, Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, said that he spoke to show creator David Crane and confirmed there was a next to none chance of a reunion happening.

Going back a few months, Courtney Cox, who played Monica, confirmed that it wasn't going to happen. She even went as far as to tell David Letterman, "It's not going to happen."

Thompson had stated in the past that a "Friends" reunion hoax wasn't what he had planned. He said that his original poster even had his Twitter handle on it, but those on social media had removed it. Thompson didn't want anyone to think it was real and came from NBC.

"The fact it was cropped and re-uploaded by somebody else is what caused the confusion, in my opinion. An official promotional poster would not have had somebody’s Twitter name stuck to the bottom of it."

Thompson knows that for now, all the talk is nothing more than a "Friends" reunion hoax, but he doesn't regret making the poster. He still hopes that a "Friends" reunion will happen sometime in the future.

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