Part of what makes The Ellen DeGeneres Show so special is host Ellen DeGeneres’ willingness to speak to her guests as peers (which they are, given her own enormous following). In the case of guest Reese Witherspoon, however, DeGeneres may be a little too closely linked to the star’s social circle. When mutual friend Jennifer Aniston came up in conversation, Witherspoon found herself sparring with the storied comedian over who was “better friends” with Aniston — and DeGeneres wasted no time in calling up Aniston herself to set things straight.
The conversation started innocently enough: Witherspoon and DeGeneres were swapping stories about Aniston’s 50th birthday party, and the former casually mentioned that she and Aniston “always have the best time together.” DeGeneres wasted no time in jumping on that one: “Do you think you and I have a better time together than you and Jen?” the host quickly shot back. Witherspoon laid out her case: she and Jen “know each other better because [they’re] really, really good friends and [they] just finished [their] television show that we have coming out together, it’s called the Morning Show.” The talk show host quipped in return: “Yeah, she told me she needed a break, she was glad it was over.”
DeGeneres decides to get definitive answers later in the show, and calls up Aniston. “So Reese Witherspoon, she somehow thinks that she and you are better friends than you and I are,” a straight-faced DeGeneres lays out. “And I just wanna settle this once and for all that you and I are better friends than Reese and you.” Aniston — still recovering from DeGeneres’ announcement that she was taping a show during this call, set the record straight: “Yes honey, we’ve cleared this up. Haven’t we? […] That’s based on almost 30 years of knowing each other.”
Well, that settles that! But in all seriousness, it’s sweet to see celebrities squabble like teenagers over their friendships — if only because it means that Aniston is a friend worth fighting over in front of a live studio audience.