David Schwimmer Offers Update on 'Friends' Reunion and Why It'll Be 'Tricky' (Exclusive)

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Ross Geller and Rachel Green will reunite ...it's just a matter of when. 

Friends star David Schwimmer speaks with ET's Nischelle Turner about HBO Max's upcoming reunion with the beloved sitcom stars that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While many shows and movie casts have reunited via video chat while quarantining, Schwimmer says it's important for him and his Friends co-stars to have their reunion before a live audience. 

"I can tell you that we are hoping to shoot [the reunion] in August, in mid-August, but honestly, we will do it when it’s safe," the 53-year-old actor, who played Ross Geller on the series, tells ET. "There has always been a hope that a component of that reunion show will have a live audience, which makes the whole thing really tricky. We are obviously not going to risk anyone’s health by doing this."

Schwimmer further admits that he has "no idea" when they will be able to shoot the reunion amid such health concerns. 

The TV star also addresses the lack of diversity on Friends, which he spoke about in an interview with The Guardian earlier this year. Schwimmer told the publication at the time that he pushed for his character, Ross, to date women of color during the show. Two of Ross' girlfriends on Friends were Julie, played by Lauren Tom, and Charlie Wheeler, played by Aisha Tyler.

Lauren Tom Friends Cast

Lauren Tom on set with cast of 'Friends.'

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"It felt wrong that there was not enough representation on the show," he says.

Schwimmer is pleased, however, with how Friends portrayed a gay relationship at a time when it was taboo on TV. In the pilot episode of the NBC series, it's revealed that Ross' wife, Carol, is leaving him to be with a woman named Susan. It's also revealed that Carol is pregnant with Ross' child, which leads to her, Ross and Susan co-parenting throughout the remainder of the series.