Jennifer Aniston turned down a spot on Saturday Night Live because it was too much of a ‘boys club’

Metro Entertainment 2 months ago
Jennifer Aniston
If she accepted the job, we might not have gotten Rachel Green (Picture: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

The Friends actress was offered the chance to audition to be a regular on the show before her role as Rachel Green but didn’t enjoy the look of the ‘boys’ club’.

She said: ‘I didn’t think I would like that environment. I remember turning up and [Adam] Sandler was there and [David] Spade was there, and I’d known them already and they were like, “Look, Aniston’s here!”

‘I met them when I was 20, 21, after I’d done a television show with a guy who knew them.’

It must have been awkward standing there surrounded by an army of men bar the few women dotted around.

The 50-year-old confronted the showrunner Lorne Michaels on the lack of women on the show.

Saturday Night Live cast 1992
The cast was mostly men in the 1990’s (Picture: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

She said during an interview with Howard Stern for his SiriusXM show: ‘I was like, “I think that women need to be treated better here.” Because it was such a boys’ club.

‘You’re just, not the brightest when you’re in your early 20s. I didn’t lecture him, I was just saying what I would hope if I was to do this, what I would hope it to be.’

Just because she passed on the chance to audition, that didn’t stop the actress from appearing as a host and in cameo roles later on in her career.

Saturday Night Live now has a more diverse cast and crew but recently came under fire when they hired (and then fired) a racist member to the show.

Shane Gillis was axed from SNL after racist and homophobic remarks resurfaced on 12 September.

The comedian came under fire as slurs in a now-deleted video from 2018 came to light.

Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis has been axed from Saturday Night Live (Picture: FilmMagic)

In the episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast recorded on 26 September 2018, according to Variety, features the pair imitating Asian accents and mocking Asian people and Chinese food.

In the first clip, Shane makes anti-Asian remarks such as ‘ch*nks’ to his podcast co-host Matt McCusker, while adding: ‘Chinatown’s f***ing nuts.’

Other footage shows Shane making sexist, Islamophobic and homophobic comments, such as ‘f****t’.

Well, maybe Jennifer wasn’t too wrong for rejecting the boys club almost 30 years ago.


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