The producer and the director of the Friends Reunion episode, Kevin S. Bright and Ben Winston, have both opened up about the concern surrounding Matthew Perry's appearance in the episode.
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin said: "I talked to him (Matthew). It was great seeing him again. What people say is what people say. I don't have any(thing) to say about that, except it was great to see him. And I think he's very funny on the show."
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He continued: "I think he's okay. He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited about going forward."
Ben Winston added: "He was great. 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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Following the episode, some fans expressed concerns when Matthew admitted that he struggled with anxiety while filming the show, and felt a huge amount of pressure for the audience to laugh at his lines. Speaking about him, one person wrote: "Matthew Perry’s self-deprecating humour in the #FriendsReunion and the fact he can’t watch himself on the show absolutely devastates me and I just want him to know how much of an amazing actor he is and everyone loves him not just Chandler Bing and he deserves more acting roles."
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Another added: "It's ironic that Matthew Perry was so self-conscious about the possibility of not being funny when HE was the one that made all of us laugh the most, he was behind a lot of Chandler's best lines, his character helped so many people through depression. A legend."
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