The Friends reunion 2014 is not happening, but that hasn’t stopped a viral hoax about the popular show’s return from spreading online.
Late last year, a prankster created a fake reunion poster announcing that the cast of Friends would be coming back together to celebrate 10 years since the finale aired. The popular show went off the air in 2004, and since then there have been rumors of a possible reunion but nothing ever official.
The picture quickly made the rounds online, fooling many loyal Friends fans into thinking there would be a long-awaited update to the cast. But those rumors were soon debunked, and 21-year-old Tom Charlie Thompson stepped forward as the one who came up with the sign at the request of a friend.
Tom later fessed up to the U.K.’s Metro, admitting he never meant for the Friends reunion hoax to get out of hand.
“I’m very sorry for any confusion caused. I have to say that the poster wasn’t created with the intention to upset, anger or fool anyone,” Tom told the Metro back in January. “It wasn’t even supposed to be seen by many people. I was expecting a few ‘likes’ on Facebook by some of my friends who are also fans of the show.”
But now, nearly eight months later the Friends hoax is still going strong. The picture is still making the rounds online, with many shares on Twitter and Facebook.
The report noted:
Fans are afraid that they’re feud might affect the much anticipated Friends Reunion 2014 and they’re right as The Hollywood News Hound has reported that the two don’t want to see each other at the moment.
At this point, it appears that the Friends reunion 2014 hoax might only die when the calendar finally hits 2015.