Lady Gaga has joined Lisa Kudrow to sing the famous friends song ‘Smelly Cat’. First appearing in the sixth episode of the second season, the song was first performed by Kudrow’s character Phoebe back in 1995.
The iconic song has been reworked for Friends: The Reunion Special by Lady Gaga. The new episode aired yesterday on May 27th.
The director and producer of the reunion special Ben Winston told Variety that he first pitched the idea to Kudrow – but Gaga took some convincing.
“I said to Lisa, ‘Would you be prepared to sing it?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, that would be fun,'” he explained. “We went through a few names, and we both agreed that Gaga, if we could get her, would be the ultimate one because she associates with and feels close to Phoebe in so many ways, as Gaga says on the show. That was a really beautiful moment. And Lady Gaga jumped at the chance to do it.”
Winston proceeded to recall that the performance came together quickly: “We sat there with the two guitars with Lisa and her, and worked it out there and then.”
In other Friends related news, Freddie Prinze Jr has recently revealed that Tom Hanks nearly played Ross and Rachel’s male nanny, Sandy.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be (Sandy), that was originally offered to Tom Hanks,” Prinze Jr claimed. “But he wasn’t gonna make it back from his film on time.
“So my agent called me and said, ‘Do you want to be on Friends?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do an episode of Friends. That’ll be great.’ He said, ‘Yeah, it shoots tomorrow.'”
Friends: The Reunion Special is now streaming on NOWTV in the UK and HBO Max in the US.
Watch the updated version of ‘Smelly Cat’, below.