Jennifer Aniston was not “hated” by all of her Friends co-stars while making the show 25 years ago, despite a false tabloid report. The article claims Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer all had various issues with the actress. Gossip Cop has learned the story is completely untrue.
“Friends Tell All! Why We Hated Jen” reads a headline on the latest cover of Star. The accompanying article claims to be filled with “behind-the-scenes secrets” of the TV series, but the majority of these “secrets” are baseless. According to the magazine, tension arose on set after Aniston became the “breakout star.”
An alleged insider tells the tabloid that Cox and Kudrow “got very jealous” of all the attention Aniston was receiving. “Everyone wanted to interview Jen, and her ‘Rachel’ hair became such a phenomenon that it was the only thing people talked about,” says the anonymous source. “They were supposed to be a team, but all anyone cared about was Jen and her stupid hair. It got very annoying!”
The supposed tipster goes on to say that Perry, LeBlanc and Schwimmer also had issues with Aniston because they thought success was going to her head. “The boys gave her a hard time,” says the seemingly phony source, adding that the actors would make mean-spirited jokes at her expense. “They could be cruel, and it hurt Jen. They felt she thought she was better than they were.”
The tabloid concludes it piece by noting that Aniston and her co-stars eventually started getting along, but only after they all started sharing fame together. This behind-the-scenes saga is coming from an unknown “insider,” but Gossip Cop reached out to Aniston’s spokesperson, who tells us on the record that it’s “all nonsense.” The unreliable outlet has no real insight into what went on during the making of Friends. It’s simply trying to capitalize on the show’s 25th anniversary this month.
Just last month, in fact, Aniston said in an InStyle interview that she didn’t feel particular confident while making Friends, but she relied on her co-stars for support. “There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up,” explained the actress. “I miss a lot about that time. Having a job that was absolute, pure joy. I miss getting to be with people I love massively and respect beyond words.”
These days, Aniston is particularly tight with her female co-stars, and there’s zero indication they were at odds during the filming of the series. Of course, the gossip media has a long history of making up stories about all those involved in the classic sitcom. In May, Gossip Cop busted Star‘s sister publication, Life & Style, for wrongly reporting Aniston, Cox and Kudrow were pitching a Friends movie.
Shortly before that, Gossip Cop called out RadarOnline, another sister outlet of Star, for falsely claiming Aniston and her Friends co-stars were sending Perry to rehab. The National Enquirer, yet another sister publication, made up a story about Cox and Kudrow trying to sabotage Aniston’s upcoming Apple show with Reese Witherspoon. The tabloids don’t know anything about Aniston’s relationships with her Friends co-stars, either during the making of the show 25 years ago or today.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.