Paul Pudd Recalls How He Was Nearly Fired From ‘Friends’ After Awkward Run-In With Jennifer Aniston

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Published 11.10.19

It seems kind of weird that Paul Rudd was in Friends all those years ago, given what a big star he is these days.

Back then, Ant-Man wasn’t exactly a household name, yet it’s Rudd that’s gone on to have arguably the best career out of any of the original Friends cast.


However, it all could have been very different.

Appearing on tonight’s The Graham Norton Show, Paul admitted he thought he would be fired from the show after rolling over her Jennifer Aniston’s foot on a Segway.


Recalling incident, he said: “I was on the set for my first episode and Jennifer was on a Segway because she had broken her toe, and everyone was marvelling at it.

“Matt LeBlanc asked to have a go and immediately knew how to do it.I then asked to try it too.I spun round and rolled it right over Jennifer’s foot!


“The producers look of panic was if to say, ‘Is it too late to fire him? Has his character been established yet?’ I felt awful. Such an inauspicious start.”

However, Paul went on to say how much he loved working on the show, even if he did have another awkward run-in with Jennifer on the final day of filming.

He added: “It was an incredible thing to be part of and the whole experience but seems a bit surreal and a bit of a blur in my memory.

“The show was a phenomenon and I was in the very last episode, which made no sense to me whatsoever.

“I was on the sound stage and Jennifer Aniston was crying and I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here,’ so to break the ice I went over and said, ‘Well, we did it, what a ride.’ The joke inevitably fell flat!”


This comes after Jennifer Aniston spoke about the recent mini Friends reunion and her views on rebooting the classic sitcom.

Speaking about how it came about, Aniston said the reunion was spontaneous. “Schwimmer was in town and we all happened to have a window of time so we all got together,” she explained during an appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. “[It was] very civilised but we laughed a lot.”