Friends Reunion Director Reacts to "Unkind" Comments About Matthew Perry

Ben Winston, who directed HBO Max's Friends reunion, spoke on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast TV's Top 5 about comments fans made about Matthew Perry's appearance.

By Kaitlin Reilly May 30, 2021 11:26 PMTags
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The director of the Friends reunion special on HBO Max has nothing but kind words to say about Matthew Perry

Ben Winston, who pitched the idea for a Friends reunion to the show's six stars after re-watching the series, recently spoke out about comments fans have made about the actor's appearance in the special. 

Matthew, who portrayed Chandler Bing on the long-running sitcom, has been open about battling substance abuse issues over the years, which has, in turn, sometimes been reflected in his appearance on Friends.

However, Ben has no reason to believe that Matthew is currently struggling with any health issues. 

"He was great," Ben said on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast TV's Top Five on Friday, May 28. "People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren't. I loved working with him. He's a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show. I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this."

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In a separate interview with THRFriends producer Kevin S. Bright echoed Ben's sentiment, stating, "What people say is what people say. I don't have any to say about that, except it was great to see him. And I think he's very funny on the show. But yes, I think he's OK. He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited about going forward."

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Matthew, who got engaged to manager and producer Molly Hurwitz last November, celebrated the Friends reunion with a May 19 post on Instagram

"We're back," Matthew captioned a teaser for the Friends reunion. "I'm not crying, you're crying. There are more surprises where this came from…"