Jennifer Aniston: Justin surprised me by flying from Berlin for Thanksgiving


Jennifer Aniston did a pre-taped interview on today’s episode of The Ellen Show. Aniston’s promoting Office Christmas Party, the raunchy-looking, R-rated ensemble comedy. She plays the mean boss, the “straight man” to everybody else’s shenanigans. Anyway, Aniston didn’t even talk about the movie. She told a story about Justin Theroux and then she talked about her HuffPo op-ed.

The Justin Theroux story is basically that Justin has been working non-stop for the past year, and much of that time has been spent in far-flung locations. Jennifer doesn’t seem to travel to see him when he’s on location, which I don’t really get (because he’s often working when she isn’t). Anyway, Justin has been working in Berlin for about a month I think, and he told Jennifer that he wouldn’t be able to make it home (to LA) for Thanksgiving. She went on to host her annual “Friendsgiving” dinner, and Justin surprised her by showing up and bringing out the turkey. She tells Ellen:

“My husband who has been away for almost a year, it feels, surprised me on Thanksgiving and came home from Germany…Everyone came to the house and no one really understood Justin was not going to be there…I gave the toast at the head of the dinner table, which is usually me and Justin. I gave, I guess, a very unimpressive toast where people were like “meh, great. Let’s eat.’ Then salads came out and everyone was just very somber and next thing you know, turkey walks in and there was another turkey holding that turkey. That was my hubby. He came in with the turkey.”

[From Us Weekly]

It’s cute. She says he got to stay for a few days before flying back to Berlin to finish the movie. But here’s my question: is Thanksgiving salad a thing in LA? Like, is that a new tradition that I haven’t heard of? A salad starter for Thanksgiving. Maybe that’s why people were like “meh.”

Here’s the part where Jennifer talks about her HuffPo op-ed and women supporting women and the tabloids. Again, the message is fine and yes, I can see how she got to her breaking point at that particular moment. But I also think that she has willingly played the tabloid game for decades, so meh.


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  1. molly says:

    Right message. Wrong messenger.

  2. Jenni says:

    She is one of my fave celebs.

  3. Jana says:

    We always start with a green salad on Thanksgiving. I’m in northern Cal though, not LA.

    • Esmom says:

      I try to include a green salad to offset all the heavy, carb-y stuff but we don’t have it as a separate course. And people tend not to eat much of it anyway.

      I just came here basically to say I am in the midst of The Leftovers and loving it, such a crazy show. He’s a great actor so I can see why he’s getting lots of work.

  4. Scar says:

    Uhmmmm Right message and right messenger but I won’t even go into it because I don’t have to energy for the back and forth

  5. IMO says:

    Liar. Justin flew from Germany to Los Angeles on November 23. There are pics of him at the LAX Airport.

  6. Rolls says:

    You didn’t see the entire show. She did promote the Christmas Party movie.
    Also, I’m originally from the Midwest and we always had a salad prior to the full Thanksgiving meal.

  7. Lilly says:

    Didn’t she just get back from visiting him in Germany a couple of weeks ago? I think they seem like a happy, chilled out couple without a lot of drama.

  8. Louise177 says:

    There was a news segment about Thanksgiving side dishes. The most popular item was salad for the west coast. Agree about Jennifer being the wrong messenger. For years she’s been saying she can’t wait to have kids. So it’s an eyeroll for her to complain about the tabloids when she wrote the script. Although considering she’s nearing 50 I don’t get why the tabloids keeping saying she’s dying to get pregnant. Yes she can still have kids but it’s so unlikely. Not just because of age but I don’t think she wants kids. I guess I’m also annoyed that she’s acting like a horrible crime was done to her. You would have thought the tabloids were saying she’s a murderer.

  9. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    I love that silver dress. The details are lovely and the style/fit looks so comfortable and classic. I want it.

    Meh to the rest. I hope they are happy together; I hope she stays boring and happy.

  10. Rhiley says:

    I think she is a good interviewee. I hope their marriage works because they seem very cohesive. But let’s be real, if JT had not come home she awould have spent Thanksgiving in Brad’s arms after he came crying for her support 😊 I am kidding, of course.