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Friends' most famous and beloved couple discover that they are actually cousins in real life

They’ve gone from "Friends" to kissing cousins. A new report claims ‘Friends’ stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins. Discover more here!

Monica and Chandler are cousins in the real life
Monica and Chandler are cousins in the real life

The Friends reunion special, officially titled Friends: The Reunion, premiered May 27 on HBO Max. The news was announced in the special’s first teaser video on May 13. It features all 6 of the original cast members — David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.

Recorded in April, this skilfully packaged reunion is designed to perpetuate that afterlife. HBO Max, which commissioned the special, carries Friends and reportedly paid each cast member $3 million to show up for the reunion.

The special is not a new episode, but a look back from various angles. It is framed by segments with James Corden interviewing the cast outdoors in front of the iconic fountain from the opening credits.

With his feel-good questions, including one about whether any of them ever hooked up during the series, he's just the right host for a celebratory show. Here you can go all through Friends episodes and remember the good old days with Ross and Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffay, Monica, Chandler and Joey in Central Perk cafe.

Monica and Chandler

Cousins!?

We all know that Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox played a married couple on the hit 90s sitcom, but in real life the actors are distant cousins, according to a new report published a day before the much-hyped “Friends” reunion hits HBO.

Perry, 51 and Cox, 56 are 11th cousins, researchers at the genealogy website MyHeritage discovered, according to CNN. The actors who portrayed Chandler Bing and Monica Geller are both related to William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell, a married couple that lived in England in the 17th century, the report said.

Ellen and her two sons immigrated to America in 1635. Perry can trace his lineage to her son William, whose brother Roger is a direct ancestor of Cox, according to the report. Researchers said the friends and family connection is less shocking than a sitcom plot twist.

“We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name. We found a lot of records that support it, and we have confidence that they are related,” Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage, told the cable network.

“This is not such a surprise. It makes sense that when you go so many generations back, the chances of people being connected are higher,” Mandel reportedly said. The family tree also has another famous branch; researchers found that the distant cousins are also faintly related to Lady Gaga, though didn’t give details on how.

After reading this shocking news, we can only tell you to watch the show, here you won’t know when National Best Friends day is, but you will definitely learn how to make friends or influence people just from watching these guys, both on show and in real life. Go Friends!

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