Chief content officer Kevin Reilly broke the news at the Television Critics Assn. tour on Wednesday.
"Wolfgang is one of the most accomplished chefs of our time and for decades has been the go-to restaurateur and caterer for the biggest names and events in Hollywood and across the country", said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer HBO Max and president TNT, TBS, and TruTV.
All ten seasons of "Friends" will be available on HBO's new streaming platform HBO Max when it launches in May, but the reunion special-which would hope to include the show's stars Courteney Cox (Monica), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and David Schwimmer (Ross)-may not.
"There is interest everywhere, and yet we can not fully align that interest to press the button", Reilly said.
The reunion show would most likely have been an unscripted affair, with its creators rejecting the idea of a scripted reboot during 25th anniversary celebrations last September, Deadline said.
Several cast members have already made clear that while they remain close and are down for a reunion special, a full-fledged reboot isn't in the cards. "It really depends on how things shake out".
Jennifer Aniston said during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in October 2019. "It was really hard for us to have done this for so many years where you would develop a show, market the show, launch the show and then sell ... over to these streaming services, who really were not partnered with you in the holistic management of that property". Reilly acknowledged that within the 10-year trajectory of HBO Max, executives are still trying to work out "how we not blur, but manage that whole ecosystem ourselves". "I don't want to lead people on".
Friends airs daily on Comedy Central.