Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' is up to this week. Matt LeBlanc reveals the ''ick factor'' in kissing Jennifer Aniston, who remains champ of the Emmy gown auction celebrities

By Gary Susman
Updated October 16, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Matt LeBlanc: Chris Haston

KISS OFF No one is more relieved than Matt LeBlanc that Joey and Rachel have ended their abortive romance. Kissing Jennifer Aniston felt like kissing his sister, he told London’s Evening Standard, which quoted him as saying the whole storyline had a ”huge ick factor.” He said, ”It felt so inappropriate and wrong to even touch her in that way. Rachel is Ross’s girl.” Not that he’s knocking Aniston’s snogging skills. ”The kissing was pretty good,” he said. ”I think Brad Pitt knows I enjoyed it.” Ick.

EBAY WATCH Jennifer Aniston didn’t win an Emmy last month, but she’s still the best actress when it comes to post-awards-show fundraising. For the second year in a row, her gown drew the top bid in the online ”Clothes Off Our Back” charity auction of celebrities’ Emmy finery, organized by TV power couple Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford. The vintage Halston gown Aniston wore on the red carpet went for $20,000. That’s almost four times as much as the next highest item, Courteney Cox’s Carolina Herrera gown, which sold for $5,101, though far less than the $50,000 scored by Aniston’s winning gown last year. Still, the whole auction, which was held on eBay and included items from 40 celebrities, earned $113,000, well exceeding last year’s $87,000, with the proceeds going to the Cure Autism Now Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental group.

Cox isn’t done with online celebrity benefit auctions. She and husband David Arquette have joined 15 other famous folk (including Rudy Giuliani, Nia Vardalos, Tim Allen, and ”Today” trio Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, and Ann Curry) in creating custom-designed jumbo-sized popcorn buckets (provided by the Loews Cineplex theater chain) whose sale proceeds will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The first bunch of buckets is taking bids on eBay through Oct. 22; the second bucket batch, including the Cox-Arquette creation, goes on sale the following week.


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