ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel reunited Friends castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow — on a rebuilt set from the sitcom, no less — for a staged reading of Kimmel’s Friends fan fiction.
Kimmel started subtly, by asking Aniston if she’d do a favor for him, and increasingly upped the ante by first handing her a script, then unveiling the rebuilt stage.
“What? What is this?!” Aniston asked incredulously.
“This is an exact replica…I actually spent $80,000 making it,” Kimmel said. “To the ‘T’ every detail is correct.”
Jennifer began reading, but balked when Kimmel pulled out a “Rachel wig.” Aniston said, “I’ve gotta have boundaries.”
Kimmel played Ross, and it became obvious why — he wanted a love scene with Rachel. The crowd howled when Cox entered as Monica, who, like Rachel, was also scripted to compliment Ross’ lovemaking — as was Kudrow, who was also met with a roar from the crowd.
Eventually, we learn Kimmel had “killed off” Joey and Chandler in order to have all the actresses to himself. However, before the scene in which they “all make out,” the actresses walk off, with Aniston saying, “Make love to yourself, Jimmy.”
In other Friends news, the upcoming 20th anniversary of the sitcom’s premiere will be honored with a pop-up replica of Central Perk — the coffee shop where Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe spent countless hours. The replica will open in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. It will be open to the public from Sept. 17 to Oct. 18, and will feature free coffee, special appearances by the actor who played the barista Gunther, James Michael Tyler, as well as contests and more. Friends premiered on NBC on Sept. 22, 1994.
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