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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about how she wanted Friends to stop being shown on TV.

Keep scrolling to find out why...

Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

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We were introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) first burst onto our screens.

It was an instant hit...

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Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.

And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters...

The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not... FYI they totally were on a break.

The final episode aired in September 2004...

And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.

It was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.

Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris... As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.

Oh, and Rachel got off the plane...

Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.

But, fifteen years on from Rachel getting off the plane...

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We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?

Over the years, there have been a few low-key reunions and a lot of false hope...

Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.

Things haven't been looking too great on the reunion front...

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Many worry that because Friends was about a group of people in their twenties and thirties, it just wouldn't work following the gang through their forties and fifties.

However, initial excitement peaked late last year...

Jennifer Aniston finally joined Instagram, and her first post was a selfie of her and the rest of the Friends gang. "And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," she captioned the post.

And the news we were all waiting for arrived in February...

All of the cast posted the same throwback picture on Instagram confirming the news of an official reunion that is set to take place in August of this year.

Many fans hoped that the reunion would be scripted...

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But sadly, the reunion will simply be a sit-down with the entire cast and crew to just catch up and reminisce on the good times. It still sounds brilliant, though!

The cast is equally as excited as the fans...

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And it will be brilliant to see the gang back together catching up on the good times.

But it seems that some of the gang haven't always had fond memories of their Friends days...

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And Jennifer Aniston is one of these people.

It has been reported that Jen actually wanted the sitcom to be taken off TV for a while...

And it's all because she was sick of being seen as Rachel.

Of course, we've all wanted to be Rachel Green at some point in our lives...

But Jen was tired of being labeled as her famous character. She opened up on The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable about trying to escape the sitcom role that shot her to stardom. "I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me."

She felt that Rachel Green took over her own identity...

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"I could not escape Rachel from Friends, just Rachel from Friends, it's on all the time and you're just like, 'Stop playing this f****** show,'" she explained. "I completely just fought with myself and who I was in this industry forever because it was just constantly trying to prove I was more than that."

She then recalled how her role in the 2002 film The Good Girl helped her to step outside of her image as Rachel.

"The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn’t, that was such a relief to me," she recalled.

But it wasn't easy transitioning into a new role...

"But I remember the panic that set over me, thinking, 'Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this. Maybe they’re right. Maybe everybody else is seeing something I’m not seeing, which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls.' So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do something other than that. And it was terrifying because you’re doing it in front of the world."

But regardless of this brief feeling...

Jennifer now looks back fondly on her time with Friends and it's no secret that the gang all remain to be super close!

To read more about the gang...

Keep scrolling to see what Jen and Lisa Kudrow had to say about their time on the set of Friends...