Little victories. Jennifer Aniston isn’t planning on attending the 2021 Emmy Awards even though she and her Friends costars are in the running for a trophy. The 52-year-old Morning Show actress revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, September 13, that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic factored into her decision.
“No, I will not be going,” she explained. “I think Ben Winston, our producer and director, [who’s] incredible, who put the whole reunion together will go.”
Aniston clarified that she herself isn’t nominated for an individual award, but the HBO Max special Friends: The Reunion is up for four total Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded). She also noted that she’s still taking health and safety precautions very seriously as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
“This is a big step for me to just be here,” she said of her late-night appearance. “I’m just [taking] baby steps.” The Crush, Where They’d Be Now and More ‘Friends’ Reunion Best Moments.
The reunion episode was also recognized at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 11, with nominations in three categories, including Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for Winston. When nominations were announced in July, Aniston sent “extra extra special thanks” to the U.K. native for helping get the Friends gang back together.
“Congrats to my @friends family on FOUR Emmy nominations,” she gushed via Instagram at the time. “This was such a special reunion for us and we couldn’t be happier to share it all with you.”