Noo! Matthew Perry just ruined that Friends reunion news for us all

Friends fans (i.e. the majority of the world's population) got a huge surprise this week when it was revealed the cast would be reuniting.

Plans for a once-off TV special, organised by NBC in honour of sitcom director James Burrows, were said to feature an appearance from everyone' favourite New Yorkers, back together for one last time.

However before we even got an inkling of what form the reunion would take – A brand new episode?! A flashback?! A look to the future?! – our hopes were already shot down by none other than Matthew Perry.

According to a statement from his rep, Matthew is due to be in the UK at the time of the TV special and so won't be featuring. Meaning that whatever happens, we'll only get to see five sixths of the legendary cast.

"Regarding Matthew Perry and the James Burrows tribute, Matthew will not be attending, as he is in London in rehearsals for his play," the actor's rep Lisa Kastelar told Us Weekly last night.

"NBC executives were aware of this prior to their TCA announcement yesterday. Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for."

Ouch. Way to ruin our hopes, Lisa.

Of course, NBC had warned that there might be some issues getting the cast together, saying that "logistically" it might not work.

We have our fingers crossed for a miracle, however.