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Jennifer Aniston Explains Why a ‘Friends’ Reunion Would Never Work: ‘I Don’t Know What We Would Do’

The one where they’re all on their cellphones? Jennifer Aniston shot down the idea of a possible Friends reunion, telling ITV’s Lorraine Kelly in an interview that aired on Thursday, December 1, that the show just wouldn’t work with today’s technology and social media.

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The Emmy-winning actress, who played preppy Rachel Green on the popular ’90s sitcom, said being set in the pre-cellphone era is part of the show’s continuing appeal.

Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green (clockwise from top) in ‘Friends,’ circa 1995.

“I don’t know what we would do,” the 47-year-old said of a possible reunion show. “I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic, you know? … I think people have such affection for it, even though it was only 12 years ago since it ended … there was something about a time where our faces weren’t shoved into cellphones and we weren’t, like, checking Facebooks and Instagram, and we were in a room together, or at a coffee shop together, and we were talking … having conversations. And we’ve lost that,” she said.

The Office Christmas Party star said the sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004 on NBC and has lived on in reruns ever since, has become “comfort food” for fans.

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“It makes them feel better when they are down, when they want to distract themselves, because it’s always on, you can pretty much find it anywhere,” she said.

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And while the beloved comedy’s epic Thanksgiving episodes are fan favorites, Aniston also recently revealed she got her own Thanksgiving surprise from husband Justin Theroux. The Horrible Bosses star told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday, November 30, that the Leftovers actor surprised her by flying in from Germany to attend her own “Friendsgiving” last week, after tricking her into thinking he wouldn’t make it.

Aniston also ‘fessed up to being a card-carrying member of the Mile High Club while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and joked about having sex in the cockpit and with a flight attendant.

But she drew the line when DeGeneres asked her about getting it on “while eating a mini-bag of peanuts.”

“What? No, that’s just disgusting,” she joked.

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