In response to comments made by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly about single mothers, the former "Friends" star defended both the traditional family structure and those who chose to pursue raising children on their own.
"Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," Aniston said in an interview with People. "And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."
"Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," she said. "Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents' days when you can't have children because you have waited too long."
But O'Reilly took offense, calling her comments "destructive to our society" and said that Aniston was "diminishing the role of the dad."
"Dads bring a psychology to children that is in this society, I believe, under-emphasized," he said. "I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena."