“Friends” Reunion 2014 Poster Goes Viral, Tricks Fans

Photo promising a revival of the hit sitcom is actually a fake

By on February 4th, 2014 11:35 GMT

Though it’s been years since “Friends” went off the air, fans are yet to lose hope that they might get to see their 6 favorite characters together once more. This is why they’re such easy targets for fake posters like the one in the image attached to this article.

With the tagline “The One After the 10-Year Break” and accompanied by “2014” under the name of the series, the poster seems to be promoting a reunion, at least for one single episode.

The photo has been getting a lot of attention on social media, with fans of the original series rushing to thank all the powers that be that a reunion is finally taking place this year. Reports claim that it should happen on Thanksgiving.

However, don’t hold your breath for it. The poster, it would seem, is totally fake, the creation of a “Friends” fan identified by The Metro as 21-year-old Tom Charlie Thompson. Not only is it fake, but it’s also old(ish) and its reemergence can only be explained by the fact that this is how twisted the ways of the Internet are.

The photo first went viral at the beginning of the year, sending fans into a frenzy of speculation as to the date the reunion would happen.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, when things got really out of control, Thompson contacted Metro to explain that he was the one who had created it. Nonetheless, he said, his intention was never to falsely advertise a reunion he didn’t have the slightest idea about.

“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. 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,” he said.

“The fact it was cropped [to exclude the Twitter name shown in the image] and re-uploaded by somebody else is what caused the confusion, in my opinion. An official promotional poster would not have had somebody’s Twitter name stuck to the bottom of it,” Thompson added.

So, if you’re late to the “Friends” reunion rumor party, it’s probably best for your peace of mind because, as much as you or us would like to see it happen, it probably never will.

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