Matthew Perry Had Emergency Surgery Days Before ‘Friends’ Reunion

Associates followers have been excited to look at your entire solid reunite for its televised particular final yr — however Matthew Perry’s well being almost precipitated him to overlook the taping.

“They did all types of issues,” the 17 Once more star, 53, instructed Diane Sawyer in the course of the Friday, October 28, taping of Nightline, noting he had an emergency dental surgical procedure that made his “mouth really feel like fireplace.”

Whereas recuperating from the medical process, Perry wasn’t positive if he was as much as movie the April 2021 TV particular. “It seemed like my voice was off,” he recalled to Sawyer, 76. “[But] I couldn’t not present up. So, what I selected to do was simply go and do the perfect that I may.”


Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow on the ‘Associates’ Reunion Particular.
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The six Associates stars — Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — reunited on display screen for the primary time because the sitcom’s 2004 finale. Associates: The Reunion was filmed in April 2021 on the Warner Bros. lot with host James Corden, one month earlier than debuting on HBO Max’s streaming platform.

“I felt like I used to be gonna die in the event that they didn’t snicker. It’s not wholesome for positive, however I’d typically say a line they usually wouldn’t snicker, and I’d sweat and go into convulsions,” Perry admitted in the course of the particular about his time on the sitcom, through which they filmed in entrance of a stay studio viewers. “If I didn’t get the snicker I used to be speculated to get, I’d freak out. I felt like that each single night time.”

Whereas the Massachusetts native’s character of Chandler Bing was recognized for his sarcastic humorousness on the 10-season comedy, Perry struggled behind the scenes. The Fools Rush In actor has since been candid about his struggles with dependancy, resulting in a number of rehab stays.

“On the time I ought to have been the toast of the city,” Perry recalled to the legendary broadcaster on Friday, admitting he would take “55 Vicodin” capsules every day. “I used to be in a darkish room assembly nothing however drug sellers and utterly alone.”

Because the Odd Couple alum battled his interior demons, he was supported by his Associates household.

“[Jennifer] was the one which reached out probably the most,” Perry stated of the 53-year-old Morning Present star. “I’m actually grateful to her for that. … Think about how scary a second that was [when she told me she knew I was drinking heavily].”

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