Friends has taught us that every person has their lobster, and as a society, our collective lobster seems to be fan theories. But Jennifer Aniston's response to the Joey and Rachel theory might just stop it in its tracks. On Aug. 8, a bigtime fan of the show named Claire Willett posted a Twitter thread insisting that Joey Tribbiani was a much better match for Rachel Green than Ross Geller. Twitter user @kaneandgriffin fired off over 100 tweets forming a persuasive argument for the pairing, centering around the fact that Joey and Rachel were friends first. But the one person who's still firmly on #TeamRoss is Aniston, the actress who played her.
During an ELLE interview published on Tuesday, Aniston shut down any speculation that the fashion executive and the actor could have made it work longterm. When asked if she thought Rachel should've ended up with Joey, she was emphatic, saying, "No! No, no. They tried! I think there was a moment when Joey and Rachel got together that maybe it could happened, but it didn't."
In other words, there was a window, but it closed, and the Horrible Bosses star has no regrets about the way things wrapped up for their respective characters.
But this was a whole heap of tweets, after all, so @kaneandgriffin had more evidence where that came from. The Twitter user also mentioned her belief that, while Ross was jealous of Rachel's success and always tried to hold her back to be with him, Joey was the opposite. He was supportive of everything from her friendships to her relationships to her career moves to even her pregnancy.
Aniston still isn't convinced, though; not only does she think Ross and Rachel were right in the moment, but she thinks they're still together after the show:
"It was Ross and Rachel all the way. I really believe that if there's an afterworld of Friends, they're still thriving. Don't you? I just don't think Joey and Rachel could have made it. I think it was more physical than emotional with them. They were friends with benefits, and they left it at that."
So, sorry to all you conspiracy theorists who are doubting one of the most will-they-won't-they relationships on television, but you're not going to sway Jennifer Aniston. And, really, all her time on the show, she knows these characters better than any of us.