Friends co-creator shuts down talk of reunion

The co-creator of hit sitcom Friends has flatly ruled out ever reviving the popular show.

"Nope," Marta Kauffman bluntly told the Associated Press this week when asked.

"Why mess up a good thing? We wouldn't want a reunion to disappoint fans."

There has been growing talk of a reunion lately, with Jennifer Aniston - Rachel - saying she'd be up for it.

"Why not? You know what, because, listen, I told you this. I would do it... The girls would do it," she told talk host Ellen DeGeneres a couple of weeks ago.

Courtney Cox (Monica) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) regularly hang out, posting photos of themselves together on Instagram.

Friends ran for 10 years between 1994 and 2004. The finale was watched live by more than 50 million people, the fourth-highest rated finale of all-time behind Cheers, MASH and Seinfeld. A spinoff show focusing on Joey Tribbiani lasted two seasons.

Matt LeBlanc, the actor who portrayed Joey, last year said he wouldn't be interested in a reunion, saying "nobody wants to see Joey at his colonoscopy". In 2010 he reportedly angrily lashed out at a party when he heard someone using the character's catchphrase "how you doin'?"

"I'm not Joey. Don't you dare call me Joey. The papers say I'm finished so don't you call me f**king Joey," he reportedly said.

"I want to leave that all behind. I'm moving on... I'm not Joey. For the last time. I'm not f**king Joey. It's Matt. Matt LeBlanc. Joey's in the past. I'm trying to do something new."