Drake Bell, who is currently in the midst of his Drake Bell Stripped Tour, stopped by the Billboard office to perform a few tracks and chat about his music. But perhaps the most exciting part of his visit for those tuned into his Facebook Live stream was when the 31-year-old discussed the possibility of a Drake & Josh reboot.
Speaking with Billboard’s Kevan Kenney, Bell discussed the idea of reviving his mid-2000s Nickelodeon show, comparing a potential reunion to the Beatles. “Look, when the Beatles wanted to get back together, John was always like, ‘Hey, let me know when the rehearsal is!’ and Paul was always like, ‘No, we can’t do that,’” Bell says. “So I’ve always said I’m the John Lennon of a Drake & Josh reunion. So if you tell JP, let’s do it.”
On the subject of Peck, Bell also commented on their up-and-down, yet extremely close relationship, explaining that they basically feel like siblings.
“We’re brothers,” Bell shares. “Honestly, we’ve known each other for 20 years almost, and we’ve had our ups and downs. It’s same with my own brothers. I mean we’ve had times where I wanna throw my brother through the wall and there’s other times where I wanna grab him and be like, ‘Dude, you’re my best friend! I love you to death.’ And I think for Josh…he was an only child, so I think I was really the closest thing that he would ever have to a brother and we were really close.”
Last year, Bell had taken to Twitter to express his anger over not being invited to Peck’s wedding, writing in a since-deleted tweet that their ties were “officially cut.” However, the pair mended their relationship after they ran into each other at the VMAs.
“When I saw him at the VMAs…he threw his arm around me, and we hashed it out,” Bell states. “And he’s like, ‘No hard feelings, man, I love you man, you’re my bro.’ So it’s all water under the bridge.”
You can watch the full clip of Drake Bell discussing his friendship with Josh Peck above.