Jennifer Aniston is not jealous of Reese Witherspoon, nor does she believe her co-star “steals” the spotlight on their upcoming Apple series The Morning Show. That phony premise can be found in one of this week’s tabloids. Gossip Cop can debunk it.
In Touch has an item this week alleging Aniston and Witherspoon’s new TV series has created a rift between them. The tabloid quotes a so-called “insider” as saying that Witherspoon “steals the show, especially in the first episode. She plays this gritty reporter who moves up the ladder and is just great.” It’s a pretty vague and flimsy description of why Aniston, a producer on the show, would be jealous of her co-star and co-producer.
Nevertheless, the outlet doubles down and again quotes the unnamed “source” as saying, “Jen was the bigger star” when Witherspoon appeared on Friends in 2000, playing the younger sister of Aniston’s character, “then Reese went on to forge a red-hot film career and won an Oscar. Jen can’t help but compare and despair.” Again, this is pretty flimsy “evidence” that Aniston is at all jealous. All real evidence points to the two getting along famously. These are two of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, and can choose nearly any project they want, but they chose to work together on The Morning Show.
Since the tabloid cited Witherspoon’s famous appearance on Friends, it seems appropriate to mention that after this silly report was published, Aniston shared one of their scenes from the show on Instagram. She added the playful caption, “My pain in the [behind] little burst of sunshine sister and I are working together again. But this time, we’ll be much kinder to one another. (Hmm, then again, we’ll just have to wait and see about that…).”
Witherspoon responded to the post with the equally playful and sweet, “Still can’t have dairy… but I have YOU and that’s better.” That doesn’t feel like tension to us. Just to be sure, Gossip Cop ran the story by Aniston’s rep, who confirmed the story wasn’t true.
Aniston and Witherspoon are both frequent targets for the tabloids, and with the two starring together on a new show, it’s becoming a common occurrence for In Touch to claim there’s friction between them. Just last week, Gossip Cop busted a false story from the outlet claiming Aniston hated the poster for The Morning Show because she thought Witherspoon looked prettier on it. We were quick to point out that Aniston, as a producer of the show, very likely had a say in what photo was used for the poster. Additionally, Gossip Cop checked with Aniston’s spokesperson on that article as well, who confirmed, like the latest one, it was totally false. Aniston isn’t jealous of Witherspoon, who’s one of her very good pals.
Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts never got into a fight that divided Hollywood, but exactly one year ago today, a tabloid came up with that phony narrative. Gossip Cop debunked the story when it first emerged. It remains false.
On October 27, 2018, NW falsely claimed Aniston and Roberts were feuding and their famous friends were all choosing sides. The supposed battle was said to be over who’s TV series would be a bigger hit. As we noted last year, the premise made very little sense. Roberts’ Amazon show Homecoming debuted in November 2018, while Aniston’s Apple series The Morning Show is premiering next month, a full year later. The two shows aren’t in any sort of competition with each other. In fact, production on The Morning Show didn’t wrap until this past May, a full six months after the magazine came up with its fake storyline.
Still, a so-called “source” told the tabloid last year that Aniston and Roberts’ rift had “become awkward for all of their mutual friends,” including Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon. All three actresses were were said to be siding with Aniston because they felt they had no other choice. George Clooney, however, was said to be on Team Roberts because his friendship with his Ocean’s Eleven co-star was “stronger.” Another A-lister said to be in Roberts’ corner was Meryl Streep.
Not only did Aniston’s spokesperson tell us on the record that the feud rumors were nonsense, but the same week they emerged, Aniston and Roberts both attended the InStyle Awards. E! News, which covered the event, reported that the two actresses “spent a lot of time” together during the show, and were spotted “chatting together during the intermission.” Despite the magazine’s poorly-timed story, it was already clear last October that the two stars get along great.
Just last week, Aniston gave a shoutout to Roberts’ 1999 movie Notting Hill in a funny Instagram post. The Friends star referenced that film’s iconic line, “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her,” but offers her own variation on it. If Aniston was in some sort of vicious feud with Roberts, it goes without saying that she wouldn’t be referencing one of the fellow actress’s movies.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.