As fans eagerly anticipate the second season of Apple TV+’s smash hit The Morning Show, starring A-listers Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, reports are surfacing that the once besties have turned on one another.
A source spilled that during filming of the upcoming new season “there was some friction” between the costars, noting that between takes there was “some eyerolling and whispering going on.”
After Aniston, who many believed was a shoo-in for an Emmy Award for her role as fiery Alex Levy, was snubbed at the ceremony, the source claimed it soured the “overall atmosphere” on set.
Although the costars are reportedly at odds, the source noted that it didn’t affect their job performance. “They’re both very old-school Hollywood in the way they approach their lives, both professionally and personally, so neither of them would admit any tension, and they’re good at making nice on set and off,” the source said.
Witherspoon played the part of adoring friend earlier this year when she wished her Friends costar a happy birthday with a behind-the-scenes snap of the two on set.
“Happy birthday to my #morningshow co-host! 💫 From Green sisters to news anchors, we always manage to find time to talk and laugh about every topic under the sun,” the Legally Blonde star captioned a post on February 11. “Just one of the many reasons why I feel so lucky to know you on and off the screen. Celebrating you today, my hysterical / loving / talented friend! @jenniferaniston 🥰✨👯♀️.”
Witherspoon and Aniston star alongside Steve Carell in The Morning Show as cohosts of a morning news program, in vein of the TODAY show, which has recently been hit with a sexual misconduct scandal.
Both actresses received a Golden Globe nomination for their performances. Production on season two of the hit series was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, and Aniston dished that they are working COVID into the new season.
“Kerry Ehrin [the show’s co-creator] is back to the drawing board, and we are incorporating COVID in a way that is so exciting,” the Cake star told Deadline. “I mean, I’m not calling COVID exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of where season one ended, because the covers were being pulled on the network.”