Jennifer Aniston returned to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on its final episode, 19 years after being the show’s very first guest back in 2003.
The actress, 53, reflected on how she coped with the end of Friends during her chat with Ellen, joking she ‘leaned into’ ending things – including her marriage to Brad Pitt.
‘I got a divorce and went into therapy. Oh, and then I did a movie called The Break-Up. I just kinda leaned into the end. I just was like, “You know what guys, let’s just make this a completely new chapter,”‘ she said.
‘I just kinda leaned into the end’: Jennifer Aniston cracked a joke about her infamous divorce from Brad Pitt on the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show
‘Let’s end everything,’ Ellen responded.
‘Let’s just end everything and then start new,’ Jennifer, wearing rings from BaubleBar, an Et Ochs jumpsuit, and sandals from Saint Laurent, said.
‘It worked out!’ Ellen said.
‘It worked great!’ Jennifer said, emphasizing ‘great’ to the amusement of Ellen and the audience.
The ex factor: Jennifer divorced Brad after five years of marriage in 2005
Jennifer divorced Brad after five years of marriage in 2005, a year after ending Friends.
The ending of their marriage coincided with Pitt meeting Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr And Mrs Smith, prompting rumors to swirl that he had stepped out on Jennifer.
Jennifer subsequently starred opposite Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up, which followed a newly split up couple battling it out for the condo they shared during their relationship.
Despite their tumultuous history, Jennifer has insisted she and Brad are friends and the exes even landed at the center of reconciliation speculation in recent years.
Remember when: The duo remembered on Jennifer’s very first appearance on her show back in 2003
‘Brad and I are buddies, we’re friends…And we speak,’ Jennifer told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show last year.
Jennifer, who was the very first guest on Ellen’s first episode back in 2003, also reflected on their first interview with the departing talk show host during her appearance.
‘What do you remember about – because I remember vividly you being on the first. I don’t remember a lot but I remember you being on the first show,’ Ellen said.
Making memories: Aniston has now appeared a total of 20 times on the show
‘Well obviously what we wore. I remember I didn’t have a stylist, I wore a pair of 7 jeans and a white… tank top… handing you that gosh dang welcome mat that’s just never here.
‘Oh, and there was your pink blouse. You had that golfer vibe going on. Gosh, that first show, we really kinda set the tone for some extraordinary television for the next 19 years,’ Jennifer said.
‘The conversation, I believe the conversation we had was so real, it did set up,’ Ellen said before pulling up a clip of them talking about toilet paper.
‘These are issues we need to discuss and talk about,’ Jennifer said.
‘You had that golfer vibe going on’: Aniston said of Ellen’s outfit on the first episode of her show
‘These are the issues we need to discuss’: Jennifer said after Ellen pulled footage of them talking about toilet paper on the first episode of the show
Jennifer also suggested Ellen should return to doing stand-up after ending her talk show.
‘Would love for you to get back into stand-up,’ Jennifer said as the audience expressed their approval. ‘I love your stand up. I’d love to see you act again,’ she continued.
‘Oh. Okay,’ Ellen said, sounding unconvinced.
‘My house needs a lot of odds and ends done’: Aniston jokingly offered Ellen a job
‘Well, I could give you a job. I’m definitely looking for people. My house needs a lot of odds and ends done,’ Jennifer said before Ellen shot down that idea and introduced a commercial break.
‘See, this is what I’m worried about. In real life now, I can only talk now for five minute chunks, and I’m going to say, “Sorry, I have to take a break” and walk away,’ Ellen joked.
Jennifer closed out her interview by circling back to the gift she gave Ellen on the very first episode of her talk show – a ‘Welcome’ matt.
The Friends star then gave Ellen another matt, this one reading, ‘Thanks For The Memories.’
I’ll be there for you! The Friends star then gave Ellen another matt, this one reading, ‘Thanks For The Memories’
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