Jen Aniston Passed Up ‘SNL’ for ‘Friends’
The Just Go with It actress revealed on The Oprah Winfrey Show show on Wednesday that she was once offered a position on Saturday Night Live in the early ’90s when she was a struggling actress. Unfortunately for SNL, Aniston passed up the offer to take a starring role in a little sitcom called Friends.
“We wanted Aniston to be on the show with us,” said Jen’s Just Go with It co-star (and former SNL funnyman) Adam Sandler. “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?'”
Aniston, for her part, said that she felt that SNL was “a boys club” and decided to take an offer to star in Friends.
“They were like, ‘You’re so stupid,'” said Jen. “They thought I was making a huge mistake.”
“She said no? She’s gonna do that Friends? What the hell is Friends?” Sandler remembered saying to his SNL friends. If Aniston had taken the role she would have starred alongside Sandler, Chris Farley and David Spade.
Luckily for Jen, her decision to pass up the famous sketch comedy show for a new sitcom paid off. “I did alright,” Jen joked about her decision to go with the NBC sitcom that launched her into superstardom and eventually earned her $1 million per episode.
Check out Aniston doing a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model parody below.
Even though she turned down the job, there was no bad blood between Jen and SNL– the actress went on to host two episodes of the show in 1999 and 2004.
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