Jennifer Aniston Isn’t Attending the Emmys This Year Because of COVID

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The COVID-19 pandemic has halted a lot of people’s plans over the last year and a half, but it seems Jennifer Aniston isn’t quite ready to go back to normal just yet…

Jennifer Aniston won’t be at the Emmys this year, citing COVID-19 as the reason.

On Monday, the actress revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live why she won’t be attending the ceremony later this week, despite Friends: The Reunion receiving 4 nominations.

“No, I will not be going,” she told Kimmel, after pointing out that it’s not her specifically who’s nominated. “I think Ben Winston, our producer, and director, [who’s] incredible, who put the whole thing together [will go].”

“This is a big step for me to just be here,” Aniston added, highlighting that the show was one of her first big outings since the pandemic began. “I’m just [taking] baby steps.”

She’s notably cut ties with all unvaccinated people in her life and has encouraged people to listen to public health recommendations since the pandemic started.

Despite things seemingly getting back to normal, she is still avoiding large, indoor crowds, which is why she’s decided to skip the Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Friends: The Reunion earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction, all for a variety special.

Back in July, when the nominations were revealed, Aniston reacted to the news on her Instagram Story by sharing a photo of the reunion set.
“Congrats to my @friends family on FOUR Emmy nominations,” she wrote. “This was such a special reunion for us and we couldn’t be happier to share it all with you.”

Aniston also gave an “extra extra special thanks” to the Emmy-nominated director of the reunion, Ben Winston, who “made it all happen.”

“You’re brilliant and WE LOVE YOU!” the actress wrote.