Did you, too, fall for the Friends re­union hoax?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Do­gra

The re­vival of the clas­sic ’90s Amer­i­can sit­com show Friends is prob­a­bly the long­est run­ning hoax in showbiz — it has been go­ing on for some 13 years now. So­cial me­dia users were fooled yet again when a fake ac­count of ac­tor David Sch­wim­mer (above right) up­loaded a poster ‘re­veal­ing’ that the cast will re­unite for a new sea­son in 2018. Fan ex­cite­ment im­me­di­ately spiked — the post was shared over 350,000 times in just 48 hours and Facebook likes crossed 250,000.

But hawk-eyed fans later re­alised that it was a fake. There were many clues. The first give­away was that the post was put up by a ‘David Sch­wimer’ and his search name was ‘Ross Gheler’. Both names were spelled wrong as the real David Sch­wim­mer spells his name with two Ms and Ross’s last name is spelled ‘Geller’ and not ‘Gheler’. The pro­file, too, was cre­ated the same day as the post ap­peared on­line. We also checked the IMDB pages of the cast and found that no such project was listed there. The cast mem­bers and the show cre­ators have said time and again that there will not be a re­union.

While we haven’t re­ceived a re­sponse from NBC (the chan­nel on which the show aired), there’s enough ev­i­dence that the magic of Friends is not coming back.

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