The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
"Friends" Finale Shocker: Rachel Hooks Up With Peja Stojakovic
Originally posted 2/2/2004

Stojakovic, left, and Ross
BURBANK, CA - The Athletic Reporter has learned that the recently filmed, highly anticipated final episode of NBC's popular comedy series "Friends," scheduled to air in May, contains a plot twist in which Jennifer Aniston's Rachel falls in love with Sacramento Kings All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic after initially mistaking him for longtime on again-off again boyfriend Ross Geller (David Schwimmer).

"I've always thougth that Rachel and Ross wouldn't end up together," said "Friends" executive producer David Crane, who cowrote the hour-long finale, "just because they always seemed a little too star-crossed. And, I've always been a Kings fan. Eventually I realized that we could soften the blow for fans and viewers by having Rachel hook up with someone who looks exactly like Ross."

"It is thrill to play on 'Friends,'" the Yugoslavian-bred Stojakovic said after taping the final episode. "Is bizarre to act with David Schwimmer. Is like looking into mirror. Into short, goofy, Jewish mirror."

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