Paul Rudd ran over Jennifer Aniston's foot with a Segway on first day on 'Friends'

Julia Hunt
Paul Rudd arrives at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Centre (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Paul Rudd has revealed he could have been fired on his first day on Friends when he ran over Jenifer Aniston’s foot on a Segway.

The actor, 50, joined the cast of the hit series as Mike Hannigan, the boyfriend of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).

But he feared he would get the chop before he got started after his embarrassing blunder.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Rudd said: “I was on the set for my first episode and Jennifer was on a Segway because she had broken her toe, and everyone was marvelling at it.

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"Matt LeBlanc asked to have a go and immediately knew how to do it.

“I then asked to try it too. I spun round and rolled it right over Jennifer's foot!”

Jennifer Aniston (L) and Paul Rudd arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Wanderlust" held at Mann Village Theatre on February 16, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

He added: “The producers look of panic was if to say, ‘Is it too late to fire him? Has his character been established yet?’”

Rudd admitted he “felt awful” about the whole thing.

“Such an inauspicious start,” he said.

Rudd remained in the series as Phoebe and Mike split, got back together, and then went on to tie the knot.

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He was in the last ever episode when the show wrapped in 2004, which he said “made no sense to me whatsoever”.

The actor said: "I was on the sound stage and Jennifer Aniston was crying and I thought, ‘I'm not supposed to be here’, so to break the ice I went over and said, ‘Well, we did it, what a ride’.”

"The joke inevitably fell flat!" he recalled.

After Friends, Rudd went on to star in TV series such as Wet Hot American Summer and Parks And Recreation.

He has also enjoyed success on the big screen, where his projects include the Anchorman and Ant-Man films.

Rudd was reunited with Aniston on 2012 film Wanderlust.