FRIENDS star James Michael Tyler attended the reunion virtually because he didn't want his cancer battle to be a "downer".
The 59-year-old actor – who played Gunther on the beloved sitcom – has stage four cancer and is paralyzed from the waist down.
James initially wanted to attend the HBO Max special in person but has been left paralyzed from the waist down due to his cancer battle.
"[The plan was] to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities," the TV star said on the Today Show on Monday.
"It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know?
"I didn’t want to be like, 'Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'"
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