Jennifer Aniston says Friends reunion was ‘jarring’ and cast were ‘naive’ before filming

Jennifer Aniston reveals she found the response to a Friends reunion ‘jarring’ and complained the actors were not ready when filming

Jennifer Aniston says Friends reunion was ‘jarring’ and cast were ‘naive’ before filming

Jennifer Aniston has said a Friends reunion was not a welcome reunion as she was “hurt and surprised” by the reaction to a proposal to revisit the hit TV sitcom.

Following Aniston’s comments on Saturday, producer Howard Schultz said he thought he would love to put it on for the cast, but admitted that much would change in 10 years.

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Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, Aniston was asked if the cast would have been open to a reunion, 10 years after Joey Tribbiani from the sitcom’s 1994 season finale returned to Central Perk in the current series, taking on the role of the boss of the coffee shop.

“It was very awkward,” Aniston replied, claiming it was “jarring and a bit hurtful. I loved our experience for 10 years and I always would love to explore that time period. I wouldn’t just want to do a rehash of a 10-year time period.”

“As much as we love [Friends creator] David Crane, and what he has created, we all have our thing that we want to explore in our career and our lives.

“I know what he is creating for him for the next 10 years,” she said. “That’s all I can say. There was a time when I was very naive about the whole business, and now that I am more seasoned, I really do respect our job and I appreciate the fan base, but I don’t want to do anything that I feel is patronising.”

Jennifer Aniston said the cast was ‘naive’ about a reunion Photograph: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Schultz, a former Friends writer and executive producer, told the New York Post: “I think we are all open to it, but I don’t think anything is going to come of it. I didn’t think something was going to happen 10 years ago, but now that people have played the cards they have, why would anything be different?”

Schultz revealed that the production firm behind Friends – Spelling Television – has asked the cast to say yes to a reunion and said he regretted that the cast hadn’t been asked to return earlier.

He said: “I would have loved it. It would have been a lot of fun and could have continued in a romantic manner. 10 years is a long time and I think all the parties involved were naive to how much today’s audience has grown up, their expectations and the potential issues that could come up.

“I would have loved to have done it and I think the cast would have, too. But I respect the fans who are vocal, and if it doesn’t work, I’m not the only one that thinks it doesn’t work.”

He added: “I am really flattered that people want to revisit this wonderful journey. It was a pioneering show. 10 years ago it started cable TV, it raised the bar for everything.”

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