Friends cast offers fans chance to join their reunion special

The sweepstake includes coffee with the cast on the Central Perk television set in Los Angeles at a date to be determined. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The cast of the hit TV comedy Friends on Tuesday (April 21) offered six fans the chance to join them for their upcoming reunion show, which will raise funds for those worst-affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

"The One Where You Meet the Entire Cast of Friends" was the latest celebrity entry into the #AllInChallenge launched in the United States to raise money to help feed Americans most at risk because of the pandemic.

Stars Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry announced the contest on their social media platforms.

"Be our personal guests in the audience for the taping of our @HBOMax reunion, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate all the fun we had... and get the whole Friends VIP experience on the Warner Bros Studio Tour," Aniston posted.

"We hope this brings a little joy, and something to look forward to," she added.

The sweepstake includes coffee with the cast on the Central Perk television set in Los Angeles at a date to be determined.

The much-anticipated Friends reunion special on HBO's new streaming service HBO Max was announced in February. But filming has been delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak, which halted all television and movie production more than a month ago.

The hit comedy series ended in 2004 but found a new life on streaming platforms. HBO Max will launch on May 27, officials said on Tuesday, but the Friends reunion was not among the shows listed as available at launch.

The #AllInChallenge, which offers unique experiences with the likes of singer Justin Bieber, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and National Football League quarterback Tom Brady, has raised more than US$14 million (S$20 million) for food charities.

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