NEW YORK (CBS) — Jennifer Aniston could have been a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” but decided to become Rachel Green instead.

The former “Friends” actress told Oprah Winfrey Thursday that she was offered a job on “SNL” but turned it down to do the hit sitcom.

Aniston’s “Just Go With It” costar Adam Sandler (an “SNL” alum himself) remembered the actress’ rebuff.

“We wanted Aniston to be on the show with us,” he told Winfrey of his early “SNL” days. “And I remember being on the ninth floor, where Lorne Michaels’ office was, and seeing Jen come in. I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s Aniston. Is she about to be on our show? Wow, I’m gonna be working with Aniston?’ ”

But, he added, she decided not to take the offer.

“‘She said no? She’s gonna do that ‘Friends’? What the hell is ‘Friends’?” he recalled.

“Did Lorne Michaels offer that to you?” Winfrey asked of the “SNL” gig.

“Yeah,” Aniston answered. “I was…you know, I had this show ‘Friends’ coming up, and I thought…yeah…They thought I was making a huge mistake.”

“But it worked out for you,” Winfrey deadpanned.

“Yeah, it did all right,” Aniston said.

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Comments (15)
  1. Common Sense says:

    I don’t buy it. Friends was her first real gig. She is a terrible actress. Sounds like a bunch of BS.

  2. sv says:

    sensacional,great !

  3. wayne says:

    i think shes great good for her

  4. Pang says:

    Who care’s if she’s a good actress or a bad one? She doesnt seem to take herself too seriously and she’s having fun. Good for her. Life after Brad Pitt, I’d take her life over her ex’s anyday. She’s gorgeous looking at age 40, she’s independent and successful. GO JEN ANNISTON!!!

  5. Nancy says:

    She’s pretty and must have alot of self esteem after the Brad/Jolie saga, I say she is successful and happy with her life. Good for her

  6. Su says:

    She is just fabulous

  7. emz says:

    I love Jennifer Aniston for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Monique says:

    Love Jen! She’s a beauty…inside and out!

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