On Wednesday night, fans of the classic NBC sitcom “Friends” were delighted when Jimmy Kimmel surprised audiences with a “Friends” reunion on his ABC late-night show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The skit featured a replica of the famous kitchen from the show as well as surprise appearances by Aniston’s “Friends” co-stars, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. However, many viewers seemed to think Jennifer Aniston was upset about the parody sketch, taking to social media to comment on her "reunion." Jimmy Kimmel addressed these rumors during his Thursday-night show, assuring viewers that the “reunion” was not a surprise to Aniston and that her tension with host Kimmel was acting.
The skit involved Kimmel continually trying to convince Aniston to keep reading through a fan-fiction script he had written for the show, in which he plays Ross, the love interest of Aniston’s character, Rachel, in “Friends.” The reluctance by Aniston and badgering by Kimmel is clearly part of the joke, but it seems to have gone over the heads of many fans. Kimmel read tweets and YouTube comments of fans maintaining that Aniston was upset and not acting in the bit.
Kimmel said during his Thursday monologue, “She was acting — and apparently very well, too. She should probably get an Emmy.” He went on to express his confusion about the fan misinterpretation, saying, “I’m puzzled by this. Ninety-nine percent of the time we put something on YouTube, everyone jumps in to say it’s fake. Then we put something that is, I thought obviously, fake on, and people think it’s real.”
Watch Kimmel addressing the controversy on his show Thursday night:
For many fans, the skit was just a much-appreciated cast reunion of one their favorite shows. Watch the original “Friends” parody from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below:
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