Jennifer Aniston was nearly fired from the 1990s sitcom Friends, according to a shocking new book.
According to The Sun, the book Generation Friends reveals that Aniston’s on-screen character. Rachel Green was nearly recast due to a conflict with another show’s project.
Jennifer Aniston, a relatively unknown actress at the time. Had filmed several episodes of a rival network’s new comedy. Muddling Through prior to her 1994 Friend’s audition.
Friends executives were desperate to cast Aniston as Central Perk waitress Rachel. But were worried that if the other show ‘Muddling Through’ was picked up for a full season, they would lose her halfway through filming the first season.
Friends aired for ten seasons on NBC, which decided to ‘kill’ the rival show by scheduling. A series of blockbuster films against it during the summer.
Muddling Through was cancelling as a result, and Aniston was cast in Friends.
Jennifer Aniston portrays Rachel Green in Friends. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
The fascinating behind-the-scenes tell-all book by Saul Austerlitz will be released next month to commemorate the show’s 25th anniversary.
Along with Rachel, Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Joey (Courteney Cox), network executives wanted to add a “seventh friend” to the mix (Matt Leblanc).
“The network’s one major suggestion was the addition of an older secondary character,” Austerlitz writes.
The writers then created “Pat The Cop,” a character who would have crossed paths with the gang.
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