In a bid to raise funds as a contribution for the coronavirus relief efforts, the cast of Friends is giving an opportunity to fans to join them for the taping of their much-awaited reunion special.
The cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer — will give out six tickets to the taping of their forthcoming HBO Max reunion special to generate donations for the “All in Challenge.”
The actors will also give away a cup of coffee at the sitcom’s fictitious yet iconic Central Perk as part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour.
“Hey, its us your FRIENDS. And We Are All In! Some of you may have heard about a reunion special that we are doing for HBO Max? Well WE want YOU and five of YOUR Friends to join the 6 of us on Stage 24,” the announcement said.
— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) April 21, 2020
“Be our personal guests in the audience for the taping where you’ll get to see us all together again for the first time in ages, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate all of the fun we had. PLUS, sip a cup of coffee with us in Central Perk, and get the Friends VIP experience on the Warner Bros Studio Tour,” the cast shared on their respective Instagram accounts on Tuesday (April 21).
Under the challenge, funds raised from the various auctions will benefit organisations including America’s Food Fund, which was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple, with support from the Ford Foundation.
The group was created to ensure all people have reliable access to food amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The @FriendsTV cast joins the #ALLINCHALLENGE, giving lucky fans the chance to meet the Central Perk pals and attend the taping of the @hbomax reunion special. All proceeds raised help to provide food to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis: https://t.co/DKV9RtUov2 pic.twitter.com/3tZWfFJepr
— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMedia) April 21, 2020
Other Hollywood names also participating in this initiative include Madonna, Russell Wilson and Ciara, Justin Bieber, DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
The announcement from Friends cast came hours after Warner Media set the launch date of HBO Max as May 27.
The unscripted Friends reunion was among the productions that were forced to suspend work amid the near industry-wide shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
(With inputs from agencies)