As roommates, they were hysterical. As parents of fowl, they were caring. Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc’s efforts as Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani made them the world’s favorite best friends, though some wonder if that friendship extends beyond the show that brought them together. Here’s what we know about the pair outside of their time at Central Perk.
Are Matt LeBlanc And Matthew Perry Close?
At the end of the day for most actors, a show is just one of the hundreds of jobs you’ll experience in your career. Co-stars are still co-workers, and actors are somehow expected to publicly keep up with each other or face rumors of feuds and fights. Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc are no exception.
They’ve unfortunately been dogged by rumors of a rift between them both in the years during and after Friends. When Perry announced his memoir, Friends, Lies, and the Big Terrible Thing, there was loose speculation that he might have something bad to say about his co-star in it. However, that sort of gossip totally ignores the truth.
According to LeBlanc and Perry themselves, they were genuinely close during their time on the show. Although they didn’t stay in constant contact—few former co-workers do—they remain friends. Back in 2016, when a reporter asked LeBlanc about Perry, the actor said, “I saw him yesterday. I love that guy! I can not see him for five years and then get in a room together and still have that shorthand with each other.”
Perry Feels The Same Way
Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry also still support each other when it comes to important events. When Perry made his playwriting debut, The End of Longing, LeBlanc was there to support him. He shared a congratulatory message afterwards.
While not every sitcom cast has the privilege of getting along with each other, Friends worked so well because the cast had such great chemistry. During the HBO Friends reunion special, fans saw just how lasting those bonds were, which Perry himself mentioned.
“The best way that I could describe it is, after the show was over, at a party or any kind of social gathering, if one of us bumped into each other, that was it,” Perry explained during the reunion. “That was the end of the night. You just sat with that person all night long.”
Though they’re no longer spending their days working together, it’s good to know that Perry and LeBlanc still get along and can make each other laugh just like they used to on set.