Friends: Courteney Cox Recalls Repeated Emmy Snubs

Cougar Town Courteney CoxYou may recall that Courteney Cox was the only one of the six main Friends actors who was never nominated for an Emmy award during the NBC sitcom’s 10 season run. Though she was supportive of her co-stars, the snubs were understandably hurtful. Friends was nominated for 63 Primetime Emmys and won six, including one apiece for Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston.

In an interview with TVLine and Cougar Town co-stars Christa Miller and Busy Philipps, Cox recalls that time and believes that being nominated for Cougar Town would be even more satisfying.

TVLINE: Did getting snubbed for Friends all those years harden you to award shows?

COX: No. I’d love to be nominated. God, it would be such an honor. I’d be so excited. I’d probably be one of those people who just cried. I wish I could say I didn’t care about stuff like that. Maybe if I didn’t, it would be some sort of karmic thing for me, but I actually do. I think it’s nice to be recognized. [Not being so] makes me go, “Oh s–t maybe I don’t know what the f— I’m doing.”

PHILIPPS: Sorry, but it’s crazy that you were never nominated.

COX: Now I’m going to get really personal. When the first person [on Friends] was nominated for an Emmy, I think it was [David] Schwimmer, you’re so excited. Then the second person, [still] so excited. The only time I was like, “Whoa!” was [in 2001 when Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow] were both nominated and not me. That’s when it’s like, “I have a lesson to learn here.” I had a hard time not taking it personally when it was both Lisa and Jennifer at the same time. One guy, one girl, whatever. But both girls and not me? It hurt. I’m very sensitive, though.

TVLINE: Courteney, what would a nomination mean now versus if you had gotten one during Friends?

COX: It would mean more now. Don’t get me wrong, it would have been great back then. But I think it would mean [now] that I’m on another show that is regarded and is written and performed as well as [Friends] in some ways.

What do you think? Did Cox deserve to be nominated on Friends? Should she be nominated for her work on Cougar Town?

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  1. Char says

    Friends was awesome! The show’s they have today is same ole, same ole. So boring! The only show worth watch now is old shows like Kramer, Friends, all the old stuff. Today is sex, sex, sex, nothing to laugh about just reality TV so boring and stupid! TV is boring. I remember as a kid i couldn’t wait for the Disney movies, and Gunsmoke and cartoons. Commericals were so cool. Now even commericals are boring and longer. All about CARSand SCHOOLS. Money hungry companies. Hate TV!!!!!!!!

  2. says

    She deserved an award like every season of F-R-I-E-N-D-S. After all, she played the most pivotal role on the show. Firstly, I am well aware that I am an outsider to the F-R-I-E-N-D-S show- creatively speaking. Secondly, I am also well aware that F-R-I-E-N-D-S was an “ensemble cast” show; so really, every character is relatively important. HOWEVER…Ms. Cox played the “Den Mother” role so spectacularly that the show felt perfectly grounded.

    She deserved an award, screw being nominated!

  3. Stella Estefan says

    Most definetly!!!! She deserves center attention and was the trigger of most funny stuff.
    They all left without giving her the recognition she deserves.

  4. Jeff says

    Who cares?! Do you know how many actors can’t even get a job?! Jesus, these people are completely out of touch.

  5. ruud says

    Friends was a horrible sitcom. Not funny at all. Looking back now it makes me cringe to think people laughed at that. So no, none them deserved nomination.

  6. Kate says

    Hell yes she should have been nominated for Friends! More so than the other two! I hope she gets nominated for Cougar Town, she deserves it.

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