Following the highly anticipated Friends reunion special, one of the TV series’ main cast members, Jennifer Aniston reveals on The Howard Stern Show podcast what it was like to work with Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck on the series.
Tom Selleck notably made an appearance on the series as Dr. Richard Burke, the older boyfriend of Courteney Cox’s character Monica Gellar. He was in a total of 10 episodes. Aniston recalls that a particular male actor had an attitude while on the set. “The funny thing is, that male [actor] did apologize about their behavior years later,” she reveals. “And just said, ‘I was so nervous, to be honest, that I wasn’t on my best behavior. It was as if they were just too ‘above’ this, to be on a sitcom. And I remember when we were doing a network run-through, the network and products would just laugh. And this person would be like, ‘Listen to them, just laughing at their own jokes. So stupid, not even funny.’”
When pressed by Stern if that actor was in fact Tom Selleck, Aniston jokingly answers, “It was Tom. You just don’t know how cruel and unusual he is… Tom has an angel’s hale over his head, it’s just a permanent halo over Tom’s head.”
Tom Selleck Previously Said He Would Join the ‘Friends’ Reunion If Asked
In early 2020, Tom Selleck told People that he would join the Friends reunion if he was asked. “[The show] was a great place to work,” Selleck states. “The actors were grateful for the opportunity and they were all as good as you can get.“
Tom Selleck did confirm with the media outlet he wasn’t asked by the Friends team to participate in the reunion, but adds, “If the opportunity came up, I’d do it again!”
Selleck also spoke about the show with Radio Times last year. “I’d say yes without even seeing the script,” Tom proclaims. “What would be really good is for Richard to come between Monica and Chandler again. I’d hope there’d still be sparks. I loved that scene as the eye doctor looking into [Monica’s] eyes. Courteney Cox has very pretty eyes.”
Tom Selleck then reveals who he stays in contact with from the show. “I still get a huge from Jen [Aniston], Courteney, and Lisa [Kudrow] every time I see them. I still see David [Schwimmer], Matt [LeBlanc], and Matthew [Perry] too.”
Tom Selleck goes on to add, “I know Matthew’s father, John Bennett Perry, very well. We used to be in competition as young actors and he’d always get the parts I wanted.”
Tom Selleck is currently busy on the set of his hit CBS series Blue Bloods. The show was renewed for a 12th season, which is set to premiere this fall.