Saying goodbye to Friends was not really hard for its fans, but apparently, it was equally as hard for our favorite actors on the show as well. In a recent interview, Matt LeBlanc opened up about how he started to smoke cigarettes again while finishing the filming of the iconic sitcom after 10 years. 

“I had quit smoking and the last episode, I started smoking again,” LeBlanc said during an appearance on the Norwegian-Swedish television show, Skavlan, on Friday, February 16. “It was very sad.”

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1999 Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, And Lisa Kudrow Star In The Latest Season Of 'Friends.' (Photo By Getty Images)

The actor, who played the character of Joey Tribbiani on the popular show, also spoke about how it felt on finishing up the show that was an emotional journey for not only the viewers but also the actors as well.

“You know you like to think that your career is always going to go [up],” the Episodes star, 50, continued. “And I think it was, and not in bad way, but I think it was hard to imagine success beyond that. And it was this sort of closing of a chapter in all of our lives that was amazing. There’s only five other people on the planet that know what that was like, to have been a part of [it].”

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From left to right, David Schwimmer, as Ross, Matt LeBlanc, as Joey, and Matthew Perry as Chandler act in a scene from the television comedy 'Friends' during the seventh season of the show. (Photo by NBC/Newsmakers)

Friends, which also starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The sitcom has maintained its popularity through multiple networks airing reruns, along with fans watching the show on Netflix.

“I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘My mom had cancer and the only thing that lifted her spirits was watching Friends. I went to school abroad and had no friends, you guys were my friends. I got divorced and I thought the world was over, but you guys made me smile,’” LeBlanc said. “I mean I’ve heard all kinds of things like that and to be able to come into people’s lives and make them laugh, I think comedy in a way is humanity’s band-aid.”

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