Politics Michelle Obama Visits the 'Friends' Fountain During Warner Bros. Backlot Tour with Ellen DeGeneres Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres visited the fountain from Friends' opening sequence and sat on the iconic orange couch from the show's Central Perk By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 19, 2022 09:35 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Could Michelle Obama be any more relatable? The former first lady, 58, recently joined Ellen DeGeneres for a Warner Bros. Studio backlot tour, chronicled on Thursday's episode of the latter's daytime talk series. Among their spots? The fountain from Friends' opening sequence! DeGeneres, 64, said Obama even sat on the iconic orange couch from the show's primary hangout spot, Central Perk. After taking selfies on the couch and jokingly singing a few decidedly not-Friends TV theme songs, the pair continued their jaunt around the lot, surprising unsuspecting (albeit excited) tour-takers. Obama even drove them in a golf cart, the Becoming author volunteering to get behind the wheel after admitting she "hadn't driven in a while." "Woohoo! I'm no the road! I'm on the loose!" she shouted, DeGeneres announcing Obama's presence with a megaphone to those nearby. "I gotta get my stopping down," Obama later teased, after braking suddenly several times while driving the golf cart. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. Watch Jennifer Aniston Surprise Unsuspecting Friends Fans on the Central Perk Set While Friends has been off the air for 18 years, the original six primary cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow — came together in May 2021 for HBO's Friends: The Reunion, sitting on that same couch again in front of that same fountain that Obama and DeGeneres visited. In the special, the cast revisited the sets and divulged stories about their time filming the classic sitcom. "It's funny: When we do get together, it's like no time has passed," LeBlanc, 54, told PEOPLE at the time. "We pick up right where we left off." Even though the reunion brought much happiness and nostalgia, it was also filled with emotional moments. "I think we were just so naïve walking into it, thinking, 'How fun is this going to be? They're putting the sets back together, exactly as they were,' " Aniston, 53, told The Hollywood Reporter in December 2021. "Then you get there and it's like, 'Oh right, I hadn't thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here.' " Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. Cole Sprouse Returns to Friends Couch for Show's 25th Anniversary: "The One Where Ben Grew Up" As for Obama, she's a fan of sitcoms, even having celebrated "Galentine's Day" — a holiday made famous by Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) — back in 2020. Earlier this year, Obama also made an appearance in the season 8 premiere of Black-ish as an unexpected guest at a fundraising event that Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) convinces husband Dre (Anthony Anderson) to attend in hopes of making some new friends. During a January interview with WSJ. Magazine, Ross, 49, shared that she was the one who reached out to the former first lady to see if she would be a part of the upcoming episode. "It was wonderful," Ross said of filming with Obama. "She and I are friends. It was a phone call I made. We got to do really important subject matter that's mixed in with fun, so it's receivable."