Friends sadly concluded all the way back in 2004, and ever since, fans of the sitcom have relied on re-runs on TV or extensive Netflix binges to keep up their obsession. And even years later, there's still mysteries about the series we know like the back of our hands, which we're desperate to find out. For instance, how did the cast react to Rachel and Joey's brief fling? More importantly, how did the actors behind the characters specifically, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc, feel about it?
The show's coupling of Joey and Rachel during Season 9 irked many fans, and apparently they weren't the only ones. The cast certainly had some strong feelings on the pair, and, throughout the years, they've made them clear.
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In a 2018 interview with Digital Spy, the show's executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright revealed it was hard to get LeBlanc on board. "In the beginning, Matt LeBlanc did not want to do that story," Bright said. "He was very firmly against it, saying that he's Ross' friend, and that the type of friend that Joey is would never go and take someone else's girlfriend."
Then, during the Friends Final Thoughts special shortly after the series concluded, LeBlanc himself shared his thoughts. "Everyone knows that Ross and Rachel are supposed to be together," he said, as reported by E! News. "We've spent 10 years keeping them apart."
Meanwhile, Aniston shared a similar sentiment about Joey and Rachel's romance. In 2017, she told Elle (via E! News), "I think there was a moment when Joey and Rachel got together that maybe it could happened, but it didn't. It was Ross and Rachel all the way. I just don't think Joey and Rachel could have made it.
The Friends cast can't go back and change the past, but that doesn't mean they don't still feel a type of way about certain things that went down. Something tells us fans feel the same way!