The Friends reunion to finally air on May 27 after more than a YEAR of delays due to Covid

THE high-anticipated Friends reunion special has finally been given a date to air after more than a YEAR of delays due to Covid-19.

HBO Max have revealed that Friends: The Reunion will debut on May 27 after releasing the first teaser trailer for the special episode.

Exactly one year after the original air date, production of the special had been delayed on multiple occasions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While it was due to be filmed in February 2020, the cast were unable to safely get together until April – ahead of the upcoming premiere this month.

Original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will return to the screen.

The one-off episode was even filmed on the comedy's original sound stage, Stage 24, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

If that wasn't exciting enough, last week The Sun revealed how producers roped in some of the world's biggest stars for cameo appearances.

Justin Bieber filmed scenes wearing Ross Geller’s famous “Spudnik” potato costume from eighth-season episode The One With The Halloween Party.

Other guests are thought to include James Corden, David Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon.

It comes after Schwimmer told Graham Norton that it will be the first time he's seen his castmates in years.

Hinting at what viewers can expect, he said: “We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”

Last month, fans had their first glimpse of Monica's restored apartment, as the set designer from the original run, Greg Grande, returned in order to perfect the aesthetics.

Designer Greg took to Instagram to share a teaser snap of the set, writing: "Ssssh, something's happening, deja vu… coming alive once again."

The original apartment set was the show's staple, with the majority of scenes taking place there or across the hall in Chandler's place.

Schwimmer, 54, who played Ross Geller in the sitcom, recently lifted the lid on the filming schedule starting.

Chatting with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, David shared in March: "Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to LA.

"So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there's going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols."

He also ruled out rumours that Ellen DeGeneres would present the show, saying he could "tell who it is not", which included the talkshow host.

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