Earlier, we had reported that plans for the FRIENDS reunion special was delayed due to the novel coronavirus but now, The Sun UK reports that the original cast has secretly recorded the 90-minute special, thanks to Courteney Cox and director Ben Winston who filmed a “mock rehearsal” over Zoom.

“As soon as filming was cancelled, everyone started panicking as it took so long to get their schedules to align, there was a deep fear it may take a year or even longer to get them all back together again,” said a source.

“Courtney immediately set up a Zoom meeting for them and they all logged on to discuss ideas – brain-storming and bringing in the producers for a session which they called a mock rehearsal and chatted for almost two hours. They’ve been having daily meetings and Jen (Aniston) – who has the busiest schedule of the six – has assured them she’ll do whatever she can to ensure they don’t have to wait months to get the reunion filmed. Their Zoom sessions have been brilliant fun, and there’s some hilarious material on there which they hope can be aired as either a series of teasers or even a standalone special,” the source added.

Sixteen years after the finale, the original cast consisting of David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston had signed up for the reunion special that was going to be released during summer this year.

However, as with most things, the plans came to a halt due to COVID-19.