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Multi-millionaire Jennifer Aniston didn't foot the bill when she supped one-on-one with Cougar Town actor Josh Hopkins at West Hollywood's Madeo Sept. 2.

"I am a Southern gentleman," Hopkins told reporters at Sunday's Nautica Malibu Triathalon in Malibu, Calif. "So I had to [pay for dinner.]" (Hopkins hails from Kentucky, where his father Larry Hopkins once served as Congressman.)

But hunky Hopkins, 40, denies that their talked-about meal was romantic. "We are just friends," he insisted to reporters. "I am not dating anyone...I am single."

Still, he admitted, "there are worst people to be in a rumor with" than single gal Aniston.

And Aniston, 41, makes a great dining companion. "I have other friends I would rather go to dinner with less!" he said, laughing.

In the latest Us Weekly, an observer at Madeo reports that the pair "seemed to enjoy each other's company" during their meal. "Jen just sat there smiling. She was in a particularly good mood. She was very flirtatious with him."

Hopkins recently worked with Aniston when she filmed her cameo on his ABC hit, which stars her BFF Courteney Cox. "They work so well together and they are best friends," he gushed of the former Friends costars. " I know they were having so much fun that it made it great to watch."