Jennifer Aniston has decided to skip the Emmys this year despite the four nominations for the Friends reunion.
The 52-year-old revealed she’s chosen not to join in with the large event, which will require proof of vaccination for attendance, because she’s still ‘taking baby steps’ about socialising with other people amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking candidly on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Rachel Green actress stated: ‘No, I will not be going.’
Noting that the HBO reunion had been nominated and not the actual cast, she continued: ‘I think Ben Winston, our producer and director, [who’s] incredible, who put the whole thing together [will go].’
‘This is a big step for me to just be here. I’m just [taking] baby steps,’ the Horrible Bosses star added of appearing on the late-night show as one of her first major post-quarantine outings.
Friends: The Reunion delighted fans when it dropped in May, and earned Emmy nominations for outstanding production design for a variety special, outstanding variety special (pre-recorded), outstanding directing for a variety special, and outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special.
At the time of the nominations in July, the Marley and Me actress gushed: ‘Congrats to my @friends family on FOUR Emmy nominations. This was such a special reunion for us and we couldn’t be happier to share it all with you.
Jen also sent ‘extra extra special thanks; to the British director of the reunion, Ben Winston, who ‘made it all happen’ as she gushed: ‘You’re brilliant and WE LOVE YOU!’
The Bruce Almighty star might not be appearing at Sunday’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmys show but plenty of famous names have been confirmed for the event.
Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the like of Kaley Cuoco, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Adrien Brody, Stephen Colbert and Jennifer Coolidge are set to present.
Meanwhile, Beanie Feldstein, America Ferrera, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Vanessa Lachey, Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Jessica Long, Annie Murphy, Catherine O’Hara, Sarah Paulson, Amy Poehler, Billy Porter and Seth Rogen will also hand out awards.
The 73rd Emmy Awards will air on September 19 on CBC in the US.
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