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Jennifer Aniston said people thought she was "stupid" to turn down "SNL" to do "Friends."
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updated 2/2/2011 8:35:37 PM ET 2011-02-03T01:35:37

In a few days, Jennifer Aniston hits the big screen again, this time alongside “Saturday Night Live” veteran Adam Sandler in “Just Go With It.” However, the two were almost cast mates on the late night sketch comedy years ago.

On Wednesday’s “Oprah Winfrey Show,” Adam and Jennifer revealed she was, in fact, once courted for the legendary comedy.

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“We wanted Aniston to be on the show with us. And she, I remember being on the ninth floor where [executive producer] Lorne Michael’s office was and seeing Jen come in,” Adam Sandler recounted. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s Aniston. Is she about to be on our show?’

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“Her going in, having a talk, leaving. I was like, ‘Wow! I’m gonna be working with Aniston?’ ”

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Sandler said he quickly found out Aniston turned the gig down in favor of another project in the works.

”[I remember thinking], ‘She said no?’ She’s gonna do that ‘Friends’? What the hell is ‘Friends’? That was the truth,” Sandler laughed.

Aniston said she got plenty of flack for turning down the long-running NBC series in favor of a sitcom upstart.

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“They were like, ‘You’re so stupid,’ ” Aniston noted.

Attempting to clarify things, Oprah asked, “Did Lorne Michaels offer that to you?”

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“Yeah, you know, I had this show ‘Friends’ coming up and I thought, ‘Yeah, "Saturday Night Live"?” Aniston said, holding her hands like a double-tiered scale. “But they thought I was making a huge mistake.”

“Worked out for ya,” Oprah chimed in.

“Did all right,” Aniston laughed.

“Just Go With It” hits theaters on Feb. 11.

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  1. Still a 'Friend'

    Jennifer Aniston, perhaps most famous for her role on the 1990s hit show "Friends," has continued to have an active acting career, and is a staple in celebrity tabloids. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Main course

    Jennifer Aniston, right, and Justin Theroux arrive at the New York premiere of HBO's "The Leftovers," in which he stars as a small town cop, on June 23, 2014. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. "Life of Crime"

    Aniston stars as a kidnapped socialite whose husband refuses to pay ransom in the new 20014 film "Life of Crime." (Roadside Attractions) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Blue by you

    Aniston was the center of attention on the red carpet at the "Life of Crime" premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 14, 2013 in Toronto. (Jag Gundu / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'We're the Millers'

    In the 2013 comedy "We're the Millers," Jason Sudeikis plays a drug dealer who must assemble a fake family to fool authorities and smuggle stolen marijuana into the country. Aniston plays a stripper who agrees to pretend to be his wife. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Throw your hands in the air

    Aniston roasted pal Jimmy Kimmel during Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards on June 8, 2013. She presented the comedian and host with the "Funniest M.F. Award." Aniston cracked, "Jimmy, you've got a lot going on in your life. Like me, you got engaged this year, unlike me, nobody cares." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Wedding bells, but when?

    Aniston and actor Justin Theroux became engaged in 2012, but have been cagey about a wedding date. They're seen here at the 2013 Academy Awards. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Beauty in black

    Aniston won the Favorite Comedic Movie Actress award for her role in the 2012 comedy "Wanderlust" at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images for PCA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Thanks, I think

    Aniston won Best On-Screen Dirtbag award at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, Calif. She claimed the "honor" for her role as jerky dentist Julia Harris in the 2011 movie "Horrible Bosses." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Aniston touches her newly unveiled Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on February 22, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif. She received the 2,462nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. What's so 'Horrible'?

    Jennifer Aniston arrives at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses," at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on June 30, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Show us your smile

    Charlie Day, left, and Aniston are shown in a scene from "Horrible Bosses." Aniston stars as a sex-craving dentist who is repeatedly sexually harassing her assistant, played by Day, who plots to kill her. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Perfect 10 years

    Aniston accepts the award for Decade of Hotness at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, Calif., on June 4, 2011. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. It's in the water

    Aniston poses for during a news conference for the launch of her fragrance, Jennifer Aniston, in Mexico City on March 10, 2011. (Mario Guzman / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Super star

    Aniston takes part in a pre-game NFL broadcast prior to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 6, 2011. (Brian Snyder / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. And the winner is...

    Aniston announces Adam Sandler as winner for favorite comedic star at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Los Angeles. Sandler sported a black eye that he got while playing basketball. The two star in the 2011 comedy "Just Go With It." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Charmed, I'm sure

    In "Just Go With It," Adam Sandler convinces his assistant, played by Aniston, to pretend she's his soon-to-be-ex-wife while introducing her to his new love, played by Brooklyn Decker. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Who's your daddy?

    In 2010's "The Switch," Aniston (with Thomas Robinson) plays a woman who finds out that the sperm donation that helped create her young son was actually provided by her best friend. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Scent of a woman

    Aniston poses with her self-named fragrance during its launch at Harrods in London on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The perfume marks Aniston's first venture into beauty products. She said it took her two years to come up with the right mixture of scents and smells. (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Hunter' gathering

    Aniston and co-star Gerard Butler arrive for the premiere of their new film "The Bounty Hunter" in London on March 11, 2010. During filming, the Scottish actor became the latest rumored love interest for the actress. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Who's in charge?

    Down-on-his-luck bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Butler) gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife Nicole Hurly (Aniston) in the action comedy "The Bounty Hunter." The assignment turns out to be anything but easy. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Call to action

    Aniston, left, and Daniel Craig work the phone bank at "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2010. (Mark Davis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. She makes the cut

    Aniston poses on the red carpet in a slit-to-here dress that turned heads at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 17, 2010. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Flower power

    Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in the 2009 film "Love Happens." When a self-help author (Eckhart) arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets the one person (Aniston) who might finally be able to help him help himself. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. What's not to 'Love'?

    Aniston attends the premiere for her film "Love Happens" at Mann's Village Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 15, 2009. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Honored guest

    Aniston arrives at Women In Film's 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Calif., on June 12, 2009. (Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. The one ... for now

    Aniston and singer John Mayer work the red carpet at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2009. The on-again, off-again couple were a tabloid fixture for more than a year. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Compliments of 'Management'

    Steve Zahn stars with Aniston in a scene from 2009's "Management." Mike Cranshaw (Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Aniston) have a chance encounter when Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike's parents in Arizona. What starts with a bottle of wine "compliments of management" soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Beautiful lineup

    Actresses, from left, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin and Scarlett Johansson arrive at the premiere of "He's Just Not That Into You" in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 2. 2009. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Well suited

    Aniston famously posed in nothing but a necktie for the cover of the January 2009 GQ. The actress gave the tie to David Letterman during a guest spot on his show. (GQ) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Dating games

    Aniston and Ben Affleck are shown in a scene from "He's Just Not That Into You." The film tells the story of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings navigating their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life. They try to read the signs of the opposite sex -- and hope to be the exceptions to the "no-exceptions" rule. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. The ruff stuff

    Aniston and Owen Wilson star in 2008's "Marley and Me." Ambitious young reporter John Grogan (Wilson) and his wife, Jenny (Aniston), also a reporter, move to a Florida, buy a house and adopt a Labrador puppy they name Marley. Marley quickly becomes a rollicking force of nature in their lives. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. The new guy

    Aniston co-starred with Vince Vaughn in the 2006 comedy, "The Break-Up." The two, who became friendly during the shoot, spent months ducking rumors of their involvement before finally going semi-official in early 2006. (Universal Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Sundance star

    Hardly a picture from Park City's 2006 blowout could be seen without a radiant Aniston smiling for the camera. She, along with Joan Cusack, left, were there to promote their latest indie film effort, "Friends With Money." Unlike her role on TV's "Friends," this features Aniston as an amiable pothead who cleans houses. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Baring her soul

    In December 2005, GQ named Aniston its first "Woman of the Year," and celebrated by offering this topless cover photo. GQ picked her for her poise, grace and good humor during her breakup with Brad Pitt, a sort of sweet payback for enduring a frequent portrayal as being responsible for their split. (Peggy Sirota / GQ via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Cheers from Oprah

    For her first major interview after splitting from Brad Pitt in 2005, Aniston chose perhaps the most visible of stages: an appearance on Oprah. She not only told Winfrey that she was ready to start dating again, but fought back against rumors that the marriage dissolved because she didn't want children. "Do I want babies?" Jen told Oprah. "Yes I do." (George Burns / Harpo Productions via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Dream girl?

    Aniston starred with Ben Stiller in 2004's "Along Came Polly." Again playing against type, she took on the title role -- a carefree wanderer who ends up involved with her very uptight former classmate. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. So long, Brad

    Pitt and Aniston separated in January 2005 after 4 1/2 years. At first the two said they would remain 'committed and caring friends,' but after Pitt connected with Angelina Jolie, the parting seemed far less amicable. They divorced in October 2005. (Vincent Kessler / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. 'Good' to be bad

    Aniston played a store clerk who has an affair with Jake Gyllenhaal's stock boy in 2002's "The Good Girl." The dark comedy was a sign to many that Aniston had serious dramatic abilities to show off on the big screen. (Fox Searchlight Pictures via Zuma ) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Ross and Rachel

    At times it seemed as though the "Friends" story line between Aniston's Rachel and David Schwimmer's Ross would spiral out of control. The arrival of Rachel's baby in 2002, with Ross at her side, marked a starting point for the two to (inevitably) end up together. It just took another couple seasons. (Warner Bros. via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Golden girl

    Aniston holds her Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for her role in "Friends" at the 2002 awards ceremony in Los Angeles. She was nominated each year from 2000 to 2004, but won just once. (Lee Celano / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Kissing up

    As "Friends" wore on, the endless romantic tension between Aniston's Rachel and David Schwimmer's Ross Geller became a focal point. But in a 2001 episode, Aniston got to kiss someone else: guest star Winona Ryder, who played one of Rachel's old sorority sisters. (NBC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Rock out

    It was definitely a change of pace -- and hairstyle -- when Aniston co-starred in 2001's "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg. (Argentina Video Home via Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Top of the A list

    By the time Aniston connected with Pitt, both were household names. The then-happy couple, seen here at the Emmys in Sept. 1999, were married in 2000 after dating for more than two years. (Hector Mata / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Where's your flair?

    Aniston had a brief but memorable turn in 1999's "Office Space," playing a disillusioned waitress who's taken to task for not showing enough enthusiasm -- as measured by the number of buttons on her uniform. From that moment on, it was clear: She did not need 37 pieces of flair to express herself. (Twentieth Century Fox via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. She oughta be in pictures

    Though Aniston had scored a few bit parts in movies (including 1993's "Leprechaun") her first major role came in 1997's "Til There Was You," filmed in between her "Friends" duties. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Hair and there

    Did we mention the hair? As Aniston's 'do went, so went the nation's. Great for visibility as an actress, not so hot for people paying attention to the acting. (NBC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. With benefits?

    It all seemed so innocent back in 1996 when "Friends" picked up momentum, on its way to becoming the cornerstone of NBC's Thursday night comedy powerhouse. Before long, the whole country would know Joey, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross -- and of course Rachel, played by Aniston, whose persona (and hair) would become a source of endless chatter. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Life before 'Friends'

    "Friends" actually did not provide Jennifer Aniston with her first sitcom role. In the very short-lived TV version of "Ferris Bueller," Aniston (first row, right) tried to fill the shoes of another Jennifer (Grey) by playing Ferris' eternally grumpy sister Jeannie. (Paramount Television via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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