A couple of weeks ago, the National Enquirer reported that Chelsea Handler was begging her maybe-BFF, Jennifer Aniston, to help her out with her flailing life story sitcom, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea.” At that point, Aniston was reportedly refusing to do a cameo at all, but had agreed to look over some scripts for Chelsea and give advice. According to the Enquirer, Aniston has caved and agreed to do a cameo but Chelsea is pushing her to join the cast full time. Of course Aniston is too busy doing photo ops with her boyfriend and having phone conferences with her publicist to do that, and Chelsea thinks that a “real slap in the face.”
After refusing to appear at all, Jen finally agreed to make a cameo appearance [on "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea."] – but that’s not enough for Chelsea, say sources.
“Chelsea’s hurt,” an insider revealed. “She’s taking Jen’s ‘thanks, but no thanks’ as a real slap in the face.”
According to sources, the “Chelsea Lately” host is “facing a disaster” with her new show after three main stars were axed before production even started. The pilot episode was a bomb – it wasn’t funny and the characters were unlikable,” the insider divulged. “Now they’ve decided to recast and go in a new direction.
And Chelsea’s tearing her hair out trying to save it…
She figured adding Jen to the mix would make the show a surefire hit. But the former “Friends” star insists she’s too busy with new boyfriend Justin Theroux and her budding career as a director.
“Unless it’s a cameo role or a turn as a director of one of the episodes,” said the insider, “Jen is out.”
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, September 12, 2011]
If this story is true, what’s it going to take to please Chelsea? Will Aniston have to join the cast as a regular member and hitch her star to this lousy excuse for a sitcom? Yes Aniston shines in sitcoms, but she can’t save a show that’s headed for the crapper. It’s already very generous of her to agree to do a cameo for Chelsea. Chelsea sounds like one of those friends who expects way too much and then holds a grudge forever when you try to graciously refuse one of their outrageous requests.
This show still has no release date on NBC’s website, and it’s supposed to premiere sometime “mid season.”
Photos are from 7/7/11, with Justin Bateman. Credit: WENN.com