Matthew Perry's fellow Friends EP and director have shown their support for him after the much-awaited Friends reunion special. The highly anticipated special aired on 27th May, with fans excitedly tuning in to see the beloved cast reunite after 17 years. However, Perry, who portrayed the iconic character Chandler Bing, faced criticism and concern from fans due to his slurred speech and seeming disconnection during the special.
Following the reunion, Friends executive producer and director, Kevin S. Bright, spoke out about Perry's appearance, expressing his support and revealing that Perry had undergone dental surgery the day before filming the special. Bright explained that the surgery had impacted Perry's performance, leading to slower speech and discomfort during the taping. He emphasized that Perry is a very strong person and that it took bravery for him to go on stage just a day after the procedure.
Bright's words echoed the sentiments of millions of fans who came forward to express their love and support for Perry. Social media was flooded with messages of understanding, empathy, and encouragement, with many fans commending him for showing up despite his personal challenges. Perry, a long-time advocate for mental health awareness and addiction recovery, has been open about his struggles in the past.
Among those who took to social media to show their support for Perry was fellow Friends EP, Marta Kauffman. Kauffman tweeted her admiration for Perry, stating that she could not love or admire him more, and emphasizing the incredible person he is. Her words showcased the deep bond and friendship that exists between the Friends cast and crew.
The reunion special was a nostalgic trip down memory lane, as the cast and creators gathered on the original Friends soundstage for the first time in years. During the show, they reminisced about their time on the iconic sitcom, sharing personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, much to the delight of fans worldwide. The heartfelt reunion was a testament to the lasting impact of Friends and the enduring friendships formed by the cast throughout the show's ten-year run.
While Perry's slurred speech raised concerns among viewers, the overwhelming outpouring of support and understanding from fans and colleagues alike is a reminder of the loyalty and compassion that exists within the Friends community. Perry's bravery in facing personal challenges head-on and his commitment to mental health advocacy make him an inspiration to many. The Friends reunion special served as a reminder of the bond forged by the cast and crew, and the unwavering support they have for one another, even after all these years.