Fans of Jennifer Aniston got more than they bargained for during a routine appearance on ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote her new movie, “Life of Crime.” Kimmel surprised the actress by staging an elaborate “Friends” reunion, complete with surprise appearances by Aniston’s sitcom costars Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox.
Kimmel started out by referencing his love for “Friends” in the 1990’s, asking Aniston to do a reading of a fan fiction script he wrote with Kimmel playing Ross, her character Rachel’s love interest for much of the show. He then revealed a full scale replica of the kitchen from the famous “Friends” apartment set.
Things got interesting when, in the middle of the “scene,” Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox showed up, reprising their roles as Phoebe and Monica for the skit. Kimmel’s joke script referenced Ross’s (played by Kimmel) bedroom talents, had killed off Joey and Chandler, and ended with the characters saying the lines from the famous opening credits theme, “I’ll Be There for You.”
This makeshift reunion comes in the same week as news that a Central Perk (the coffee shop from the show) pop-up shop is opening in New York City in September. The shop, located at 199 Lafayette Street in Manhattan, will look identical to the one from the show and serve free cups of Eight O’Clock coffee. The shop will also feature Phoebe- inspired musical performances and guest appearances by James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, the coffee shop worker who was in love with Rachel. The shop will be open from September 17 until October 18.
“Friends” aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004 when its finale drew over 50 million viewers. Although, Matt Leblanc reprised his role from the show in a spin-off series, “Joey,” there has never been a formal reunion, although there have been many rumors over the years of a movie. For now, fans will have to be content with this Jimmy Kimmel parody.
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