Jennifer Aniston And Matt LeBlanc Hated Rachel And Joey Together As Much As We Did

'Joey wouldn’t do that,' LeBlanc told producers.

Rachel and Joey

by Georgia Aspinall |
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Remember when Rachel and Joey got together in Friends and everyone was like ‘what the hell is going on and why is this happening ?’ Well, it turns out Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc were firmly in agreement with the general consensus. LeBlanc reportedly told producers it was out of character for Joey, and he was very ‘uncomfortable’ with the storyline.

According to Dr. Simone Knox, who has co-authored a book about the sitcom, producers were concerned when LeBlanc expressed concerns about how realistic the storyline was. Explaining a conversation she had with executive producer Kevin S. Bright, she said LeBlanc told Bright, ‘Joey wouldn’t do that’.

‘He told us when they first started floating the idea of a storyline involving Joey developing feelings for Rachel that Matt LeBlanc was very uncomfortable with this,’ Knox told the Daily Express. ‘He said these actors were so invested in their characterisations, and Matt LeBlanc’s objection was: “Joey wouldn’t do that.”’

‘Joey is many things: He’s a womaniser; he is into his food; but he’s also a very loyal friend,’ she continued. ‘So Joey would never go for Rachel because that would be devastating for Ross. But in this case they went for it because, I guess, they thought they would get some interesting storylines.’

And according to previous reports, Aniston too took issue with the character arc. According to Kelsey Miller, author of I’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends, Aniston insisted the relationship had to be purely physical – not love.

‘It had to be a crush, and it had to be more funny than emotional, otherwise, this arc would go from risky to unwatchable,’ Miller wrote in the book.

So apparently, we weren’t the only ones weirded out by the whole thing. Guess that explains why the episode where they find it too strange to have sex is so great - clearly none of the actors actually had to act very much that day.

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