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Friends may have ended a whole decade ago, but fans still love re-imagining alternative endings and outcomes for the sitcom's six lead characters.

One change we're glad never came to pass though is a version of Friends WITHOUT Jennifer Aniston.

The 46-year-old actress started playing the role of Rachel Green in her mid-twenties, and while she has gone on to do plenty of film work since, it's still her most memorable part.

But last night actress Jane Krakowski revealed that it could have been her in the beloved role if things had gone a little differently.

"I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends," Jane told E!'s Giuliana Rancic on the Emmys red carpet.

"I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel and didn't go very far."

Friends kicked off in 1994 and ran for ten years, finally ending in May 2004. With a starting salary of €20,000 per episode that soared to €890,000 per episode for each lead cast member for the final two seasons, it was certainly a gold mine in terms of TV roles.

Luckily for Jane, her big break came along just a few years later, when she landed a part in Ally McBeal as office assistant Elaine Vassal.

She later went on to play vapid actress Jenna in Tina Fey's 30 Rock, and is currently starring in the hit Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alongside Ellie Kemper.

All the same, Jane admitted her manager was "very sad" that she failed to swing that Friends role. Yup, we would be too.


With temperatures soaring close to 40C in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, stars struggled to cope on the Emmys red carpet.

Heavy make-up and floor-sweeping gowns are hardly perfect hot weather attire, and the sizzling weather meant a lot of attendees were suffering. But things got too much for one actress in particular when she came close to collapsing during an E!'s live red carpet broadcast.

Olivia Culpo was on air with hosts Giuliana Rancic, Ross Matthews and Brad Goreski when she fell to her knees behind a podium.

She could be seen with her head between her legs as the other stars rushed to help her.

In another red carpet link-up later on, Giuliana was quick to reassure viewers that the former Miss USA was doing fine. "She got a little overheated at the end there, she's okay," she explained.

Olivia also took to Twitter after her fright, posting a picture of herself in a wheelchair being pushed through the theatre's main lobby.

"OMG it is SO HOT out here. Literally just almost passed out #Emmys2015 #ERedCarpet," she wrote, adding, "@GiulianaRancic @helloross @mrbradgoreski its ok I know u would have caught me."

Though there were no other fainting incidents, other stars were certainly showing signs of overheating.

Dancing With The Stars host Mario Lopez was drenched in sweat under his suit jacket, but he didn't mind showing off.

A pregnant Cat Deeley wisely came along with a portable fan:

And Amy Schumer followed suit too, being sure to keep cool in her custom made Zac Posen gown:

You'd never have this problem at the IFTAs, that's for sure.