David Schwimmer pays tribute to his late co-star Matthew Perry, reflecting on their time together on the hit show Friends. Taking to Instagram, Schwimmer expresses his gratitude for the ten years of laughter and creativity they shared. He commends Perry's impeccable comic timing and ability to transform ordinary dialogue into something hilariously original. Schwimmer also acknowledges Perry's generosity of heart, which brought the cast together and created a family out of six strangers.
Schwimmer shares a photo from a favorite moment with Perry in the fifth season episode, "The One with All the Thanksgivings." However, this bittersweet memory now brings both a smile and grief, as he imagines Perry in the afterlife, donning his iconic white suit and observing the clouds with his characteristic wit.
The enduring bond between the Friends cast is well-known, and Perry never hesitated to express his love for his co-stars. During the Friends: The Reunion special, he became emotional while reminiscing about their special connection. Perry described how, after the show ended, they would gravitate toward each other at social gatherings, spending the entire night together, much to the exclusion of others.
Schwimmer echoes this sentiment and emphasizes how close-knit and loving the cast remains. He and Perry, in particular, maintained a strong friendship over the years and often showcased their characters' banter during public interactions. When rumors of a Friends reunion surfaced, Perry's cryptic tweet teasing "big news" only fueled speculation. Schwimmer humorously responded to the speculation during a BBC interview, suggesting that Perry might be pregnant.
Although Schwimmer confirmed there was no official reunion at that time, the special eventually aired on HBO Max. Schwimmer delighted fans by sharing behind-the-scenes glimpses of the cast's preparations, including photos of their video conference calls and heartwarming group hugs.
Throughout it all, Schwimmer expresses gratitude to HBO Max for bringing the cast back together, celebrating Matthew Perry's life, humor, and the show that endeared him to millions of fans.