Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' were up to this week. Matt LeBlanc talks of ''Friends'' spinoff possibilities, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt fail to blend in with the furniture, and more

Matt LeBlanc
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HOW YOU DOIN’? Even though ”Friends” is wrapping up its run at the end of this season, Matt LeBlanc would be willing to keep playing Joey Tribbiani. In fact, in an interview that ran Monday on TV’s ”Extra,” he said all six of the stars could get their own shows. ”There could be six spin-offs,” he said.

That’s a switch from last spring, when NBC denied rumors that there were plans for Joey to pull a ”Frasier.” In an interview published this week at, LeBlanc said of a possible spinoff, ”If it was done correctly and the idea was right, and I trusted the writers and the people running the show, the show runners, absolutely I would consider it.” After all, he said, the sitcom actor’s schedule is a cushy one. ”It allows me to have dinner with my family every night, it allows me to sleep in my own bed every night, I can see my dogs, I can drive my own car. You have some semblance of a real life.”

LeBlanc also said that, in the competition between Joey and Ross for Rachel’s affections, he’s rooting against himself. ”Joey would probably mess it all up,” he told ”Extra.” ”I don’t know that Joey ultimately could be a one-woman man, and Rachel deserves someone who can do that — who Ross is.”

TEAM PLAYERS You’d think after his chimp-in-the-outfield movie flop ”Ed,” LeBlanc would stay away from baseball, especially from games played at a stadium called the Big Ed. But there he was last Friday night at Edison Field in Anaheim, watching the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins during the California team’s ultimately successful pennant drive. According to the Orange County Register, LeBlanc was spotted in the ”cheap seats,” as were Pierce Brosnan, John Ritter, David Hasselhoff and Rob Reiner. Sitting in the luxury box of Disney CEO Michael Eisner (Disney owns the team) were Reese Witherspoon and Kevin Costner.

Earlier in the day, Jennifer Aniston lent support to her team — hockey’s Detroit Red Wings — who were her guests at Friday’s taping of ”Friends.” ”Jennifer Aniston called me,” defenseman Mathieu Dandenault told the Detroit Free Press before the taping. Actually, he explained, the sister of a friend of his is an assistant producer for the show. ”Everybody’s kind of excited,” Dandenault said of his teammates. ”We’ll sit in the crowd, we’ll meet the people, and they’ll take us around four at a time to go behind the cameras and stuff like that.”

GOOD COP, BAD COP Aniston and husband Brad Pitt may soon discover the joys of the Home Shopping Network, or maybe eBay. Because if tabloid reports of their latest shopping excursion in Beverly Hills are correct, the couple can no longer shop in public. Apparently, they were at a furniture store over the weekend, and while they were wearing hats and sunglasses, fans and reporters spotted them and surrounded the store, trapping them inside. The couple needed a police escort to return them to their Mercedes, parked on the street outside. Pitt shook hands with one officer as a gesture of thanks, only to discover moments later that the car had been ticketed.

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