Lisa Kudrow disagrees with Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Friends’ live audience claim

The one where she clears the air.

Lisa Kudrow is clarifying her feelings about having a live studio audience after former co-star Jennifer Aniston commented about her own experience while on “Friends.”

Aniston, 55, stated that Kudrow, 60, “hated” how a live audience would laugh during jokes while filming the beloved show.

“No, that’s not exactly . . . no, no,” Kudrow said while speaking to “Entertainment Tonight.” “It irritated me if they would laugh for too long.”

 Lisa Kudrow attends NBC's "Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love" Birthday Special at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Lisa Kudrow is clarifying her feelings about having a live studio audience on “Friends” after former co-star Jennifer Aniston’s recent comments.Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston & Lisa Kudrow during 1995 VH1 Honors in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Aniston (left) said that Kudrow “hated” how a live audience would laugh during jokes while filming the beloved show.FilmMagic, Inc

During her sit-down with “Abbott Elementary” star Quinta Brunson for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” Aniston claimed that Kudrow would be like, “I’m not done! It’s not that funny!” after the audience erupted into laughter.

“God bless them. They were so excited to be there that sometimes the laughter would just be longer than if they would have laughed at anything else,” Kudrow told “ET.” “I was like, ‘All right, well, take it easy. It’s not that funny. And there’s more to say!’ “

The NBC sitcom aired from 1994 to 2004 and ran for 10 seasons. Kudrow landed the role of Phoebe Buffay after impressing the “Friends” crew with her guest role on NBC’s “Mad About You.”

The “Booksmart” actress hadn’t watched the series since it ended. But after the death of former co-star Matthew Perry in October 2023, she said re-watching “Friends” was a way of honoring him.

"The One with All the Wedding Dresses" Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox asMonica Geller

Kudrow (left) portrayed Phoebe Buffay in the beloved NBC sitcom.NBCUniversal via Getty Images

"Friends" ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.

“Friends” ran for 10 seasons, from 1994 to 2004.Getty Images

“But if I make it about Matthew, then that’s OK,” she told the Hollywood Reporter in June. “And it’s just celebrating how hilarious he was — and that is what I want to remember [about him].”

“Everyone is hilarious. I’m blown away by Courteney Cox. I’m blown away by Jen. Matthew, obviously, is just uniquely hilarious. No one ever knew that cadence or comedic rhythm before him,” she continued. “Matt LeBlanc is hilarious. And David Schwimmer, too. Sometimes I even laugh at what I’ve done.”

Kudrow is set to star in the new Apple TV+ series “Time Bandits,” an adaptation of the 1981 Terry Gilliam fantasy movie. The show is co-created by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement and Iain Morris.

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller (clockwise from top left) as the pose for the sitcom series "Friends."

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller (clockwise from top right), Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing were the cast of “Friends.”NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow pictured together.

After the death of former co-star Matthew Perry in October 2023, Kudrow said re-watching “Friends” was a way of honoring him.NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

“Taika had gotten in touch with me and said, ‘Jemaine and I wrote this thing. We’re shooting in New Zealand. Would you ever consider doing that?’ And, ‘Yes! Like, why am I going to say no to you two?’ ” said Kudrow.

The show follows a group of thieves and their newest recruit, traveling through time and space to find riches.

While sporting pirate-inspired costumes, Kudrow plays Penelope, the leader of a group of time-traveling adventurers. Alongside Kudrow, Kal-El Tuck, Sarah Darkin and Tadhg Murphy round out the cast.

This image released by Apple TV+ shows, from left, Tadhg Murphy, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Lisa Kudrow, Kal-El Tuck, Kiera Thompson and Rune Temte from the series "Time Bandits."

Kudrow is set to star in a new comedy-fantasy TV series called “Time Bandits.”AP

“I loved it!” she said in awe. “That was, I think one of the most comfortable costumes I’ve ever worn in my life. I’m not kidding.”

For Kudrow, starring in “Time Bandits” is a perfect blend of all the story elements she enjoys herself.

“Time travel? I love it! And I love history. I’m kind of a history buff,” she shared. “And it’s just fun.”

The 10-episode series will premiere July 24 with two episodes and will release two episodes every Wednesday.

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