Can you imagine “Friends” without Jennifer Aniston or better yet, can you picture her as a “Saturday Night Live” castmember?
That was exactly the scenario that almost played out for Aniston in the early ’90s, as revealed by the actress and her “Just Go With It” co-star Adam Sandler on Wednesday during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“SNL” alum Sandler explained to Oprah how producer Lorne Michaels had offered Jen a spot on the iconic late-night show, but she took a gamble on a pilot called “Friends” instead.
Sandler recalled, “We wanted Aniston to be on the show with us, and I remember being on the ninth floor where Lorne Michaels’ office was, and seeing Jen come in. I was like, ’Oh my God, there’s Aniston. Is she about to be on our show?’ ”
As it turned out, she wasn’t, and Sandler remembers reacting, “She said no? She’s gonna do that ’Friends’? What the hell is ’Friends?’ ”
Aniston added that, at the time, people thought she “was making a big mistake” by turning down “SNL,” while pointing out that she obviously “did all right.”
The actress, who has since hosted “SNL” a few times, then explained to Winfrey that she felt the sketch-comedy show was more of a “boys club.” The Sandler-era “SNL” cast included the likes of Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Tim Meadows.
“Friends” ran from 1994 to 2004, and Aniston, who recently caught flak for calling her famous “Rachel” ’do “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen,” earned an Emmy for her work on the hugely popular series.
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