Friends Reunion Director on Matthew Perry’s Health Issues: ‘People Can Be Unkind’

Friends executive producer Kevin Bright and Friends: The Reunion director Ben Winston have addressed fans’ concerns about Matthew Perry’s health. Many pointed out on social media that the actor, whose Chandler was a fan favorite, was spoken slurred during the Friends Reunion episode and was much quieter than the others on the show.

After much discussion on social media about this, Friends Reunion Director Ben Winston has responded and allayed the fear. “Perry was great. People can just be rude sometimes. I wish they weren’t. I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny guy and I thought he had some great one-liners on the show. I just felt happy and lucky to be in his presence and lead him on something like this,” he told THR.

Friends executive producer Kevin Bright said the actor is doing better now. “I spoke to him. It was great to see him again. And what people say is what people say. I have nothing to say about that other than it was great to see him. And I think he’s very funny on the show. But yeah, I think he’s okay. He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited to keep going.”

Friends The Reunion aired on May 27 as it brought together the star cast of Friends and many of the returning characters. In addition to Perry, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow also returned. It also had guest stars such as David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington, Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai and BTS, among others.

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