The 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 20 threw in a surprise mini-reunion no one on social media anticipated.
Jennifer Aniston, who presented the first award of the night, was joined by her “Friends” castmates Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow as part of an ongoing bit with host Jimmy Kimmel. The comedian told the actress that all nominees were required to be at home to receive the golden statue.
Aniston, Kudrow and Cox played along with Kimmel, making a few references to the ‘90s show like being “roommates since 1994.” Another surprise showed up in the mini-reunion, actor Jason Bateman, who was also nominated for an award — though he was not Ross, Joey or a Chandler.
The “Friends” reunion stirred nostalgia among Twitter users, while some were more cynical. These were some of the reactions:
Jimmy checking in with Jennifer Aniston and a mini-Friends reunion w/ Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox #Emmys
— Raymond Flotat (@mxdwn) September 21, 2020
is a friends reunion even a reunion when they hangout everyday 😭
— alyssa (@remembvrwhen) September 21, 2020
Also like if they did a Friends reunion on stage I would roll my eyes but this is just charming somehow??? pic.twitter.com/Ez1Q3CTXzv
— Detective Pikajew, Esq. (@clapifyoulikeme) September 21, 2020
that little friends reunion plus jason bateman was everything for me
— 𝐭𝐚𝐲 (@driversjdm) September 21, 2020
i don’t even watch friends but this little reunion is great, more shows should do this
— anjana (@iyeranj) September 21, 2020
I deeply do not care about a Friends reunion, i’m sorry
— Becca (@beccashandle) September 21, 2020
Some were hoping for a full cast reunion:
Me thinking it would be a full on FRIENDS reunion #emmys pic.twitter.com/RdWcDfpOQr
— ★ Me ★ (@fang1rl79) September 21, 2020
ABC out here stealing HBO Max’s thunder with a mini-Friends reunion and I love it 😂 #Emmys
— Cody Schultz (@DROFLIMDUDE1) September 21, 2020
I’m really not interested in this ‘Friends’ reunion interlude and I simply do not understand the continued affection for this series 🙄 #Emmys
— Dacia Massengill (@TheMsDacia) September 21, 2020