Jennifer Aniston really isn’t happy about *that* Friends fan theory

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Kayleigh Dray

A few weeks ago, a diehard Friends fan set the internet on fire when she pointed out that Ross Geller wasn’t just the wrong man for Rachel Green; he was also emotionally abusive, manipulative and controlling.

Twitter user @kaneandgriffin went on to detail why Joey Tribbiani should have been The One for Rachel, reflecting on the duo’s happy, healthy and mutually respectful relationship. To summarise, they actively made each other better people, they had great conflict resolution skills, and their mutual crush was born out of genuine friendship. Ross, on the other hand, had always been creeping on Rachel ever since he first laid eyes on his little sister’s BFF.

Social media was thoroughly impressed with the argument and plenty agreed that Rachel and Joey were the feminist love story that fans truly deserved.

Jennifer Aniston, though, has a slightly different take on the matter.

When asked about the theory in an interview this week, Aniston was shocked.

“No!” she said, “No, no. They [Rachel and Joey] tried.  I think there was a moment when Joey and Rachel got together that maybe it could happened, but it didn't. It was Ross and Rachel all the way.”

Aniston continued to ship Ross and Rachel really, really hard, insisting: “I really believe that if there's an afterworld of Friends, they're still thriving.

“Don't you?”

Not really, if we’re being honest.

Ross (David Schwimmer) was extremely down on Rachel’s career at all times – and they fought bitterly over her attempting to secure a top-level job in the fashion industry. He was incredibly jealous, overbearing and condescending.

And, sure, they had a baby together, but Ross basically demanded that Rachel give up her dream job in Paris to stay with him in the final episode. And we just… well, we just think that’s the sort of thing that’s going to cause resentment.

Anyway, our opinion isn’t really the point: Aniston is a fan of a certain paleontologist, we get it. But what exactly did Matt LeBlanc’s character do to warrant such a complete dismissal?

“I just don't think Joey and Rachel could have made it,” she said, with a shrug.

“I think it was more physical than emotional with them. They were friends with benefits, and they left it at that.”

Hmm. We hasten to point out here that the primary reason Rachel and Joey called time on their relationship was actually because of Ross. He walked in on them kissing, completely freaked out, burned himself on a sizzling plate of fajitas and burst into tears over the romantic development.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, we suppose.

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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