Rachel Green of the NBC hit show Friends has finally made her reunion with our TV sets… sort of.
Jennifer Aniston made an appearance on Ellen today, wearing one of the outfits made famous by her well-known, often hard-up-for-money character Rachel from the hit TV show Friends, and took time to talk about the prospect of a Friends reunion show in the near future, as noted by People.
Despite wearing one of Rachel’s classic short skirt/long boots combos made famous by her famed Friends show appearances, Aniston ironically did not sport her once trendsetting — and, as recently noted by InStyle, often mimicked — hairstyle known affectionately as “The Rachel.”
Sadly, for fans of the cult-favorite hit TV show, the denial cut much deeper than how she combed her hair.
When directly asked about the possibility of a Friends reunion program in the near future, Aniston would best describe the possibility as “doubtful.” Sadly, Jennifer’s appearance on Ellen turned out to be just the latest in a series of denials by cast members that a Friends reunion would ever get underway.
No matter how much fans clamor for it.
Despite what seemed to be promising news regarding a Friends comeback that was “promised” in the most recent edition of Life and Style magazine, virtually nobody from the cast — including Jennifer in her recent Ellen appearance — seems to think it could actually happen.
This includes, per Gossip Cop this week, outright denials of the reunion rumors for Friends by representatives of Aniston’s castmates Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), as well as Jennifer herself.
Despite this sad news about the top 1990s/early 2000s sitcom, Jennifer did note to BBC One in a recent interview, per E! News, that she is still a huge fan of the show and that she frequently watches old Friends episodes when she finds time.
“I can’t help [binge watching old episodes of Friends],” Aniston said during the video interview with BBC One. “First, I’m trying to remember which episode it is [when I’m looking for something in particular], and then half the time I’m saying to myself, ‘I don’t remember that.'”
The Friends star, who did say that she would love to show up for a reunion despite its unlikelihood, also noted that “You get sucked into the nostalgia of [watching Friends].”
This enthusiasm could not have been any more evident as when five of the six cast members appeared on NBC’s tribute to Friends‘ director James Burrows back in February.
“We would do anything for Jim Burrows because he really gave us the opportunity of a lifetime, and probably the best 10 years of our acting careers that we will forever remember,” said Aniston during this program of her experience with Friends, per Today.
“We experienced friendship, family, heartbreak, babies, everything together,” she continued. “And we also had a wonderful experience with the world loving us as well.”
Jennifer would also note that her lifelong friendship with her Friends castmates was, by far, the best thing to come out of the show.
“In the beginning, it was not a hard thing,” laughed Aniston. “We really just wanted to hang out with each other. It was not ‘We have to do this.’ We really just fell in love and adored each other instantly, and would hang out at each other’s houses and watched the show together.”
Ironically, in spite of her perceived closeness with her fellow Friends stars, some believe that Aniston herself may be the reason that such a reunion will never get past the planning stages.
As was recently documented by the Inquisitr, Jennifer’s reported asking price for salary — having broken into Hollywood as a mainstream star — could likely be the biggest barrier to a reunion actually happening.
“Jennifer Aniston is reportedly demanding an eye-watering $4 million for just one [Friends reunion] episode,” said the Inquisitr‘s Maurice Cassidy, “which is $3 million more than what every cast member made during the show’s final series.”
Which means, of course, that any potential Friends reunion will see Aniston’s Rachel Green sporting a significantly bigger wardrobe and closet than she ever could have imagined.
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