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Courteney Cox and Tom Selleck’s surprise Friends reunion has set the internet on fire

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Tom Selleck as Richard and Courteney Cox as Monica kissing in Friends

“Erm, what would Chandler say?”

Tom Selleck may have starred in over 80-odd films and TV shows, but he and his moustache are perhaps most famous for their stellar work on hit Nineties sitcom Friends. Indeed, many of you may know him solely as Dr Richard Burke, optometrist by day, Monica Geller’s (ex) boyfriend by night.

So it’s unsurprising that Friends fans all over the internet lost their minds when, all these years later, Selleck and Courteney Cox were spotted out in New York together… and the whole thing was caught on camera.

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According to the shaky footage – shot by Twitter user Claudia Oshry – the sitcom stars ran into one another quite by chance in an NYC restaurant.

And, judging by their reactions, the impromptu reunion was a welcome one: Cox breaks into a grin as Selleck makes his presence known, and they are soon hugging like old (pardon the pun) friends.

“Shook,” Oshry captioned the video. Then, referencing Monica’s husband, she added: “What will Chandler say?”

Check it out:

The short clip has since been retweeted 491 times (and counting), and has triggered a wave of responses from die-hard Friends fans – the majority of whom have, like Oshry, dedicated themselves to imaging how Chandler would react if he knew his wife was meeting up with the one-time love of her life again.

Others were simply content to bask in the excitement.

And then there were those who felt the need to stoke the fires of controversy…

OK, no. Might I take a moment here to issue a reminder to all reading? Richard was once the love of Monica’s life, but their values weren’t in sync. Indeed, he made it pretty clear at Barry and Mindy’s wedding (and later when he intercepted Chandler’s proposal) that having kids with Monica was means to an end – something he’d do to have her, not because he wanted them.

Chandler (Matthew Perry), on the other hand, was more in tune with Monica’s life goals: they were equals, who both wanted to start a family of their own. And, when the usually sarcastic Mr Bing worried out loud that he wasn’t her soulmate, she informed him that he wasn’t: nobody was.

“I don’t think you and I were destined to end up together,” she said. “I think that, we fell in love and work hard at our relationship. Some days we work really hard.”

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Whether you ‘ship Monica and Richard or Monica and Chandler, though, don’t expect to see any romances resurrected in a Friends reunion show anytime soon.

Indeed, speaking on The Late, Late Show recently, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) told host James Corden that she, Cox and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) are more than happy to reprise their iconic roles.

Matt LeBlanc (Joey), David Schwimmer (Ross) and Perry, however, aren’t keen on revisiting the show, despite considerable public demand.

“Listen, the girls always say we would love to do it again, and the boys are a little less excited about it for some reason – I don’t know,” Aniston said.

“And so, we’ve decided that we’ll just do… a remake of The Golden Girls in 40 years.”

Hmm. We could get on board with that, to be honest.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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