Why did Matthew Perry slur in 'Friends' reunion promo? Source blames 'emergency', NOT alcohol

When Matthew Perry slurred during the 'Friends' reunion promo, many fans were left concerned owing to the actor's past struggle with addiction

                            Why did Matthew Perry slur in 'Friends' reunion promo? Source blames 'emergency', NOT alcohol
Matthew Perry slurred his words in a promo for 'Friends' reunion special (YouTube HBO Max)

A week ago, when Matthew Perry appeared to promote the 'Friends' Reunion Special, thousands of fans of the show were concerned if Perry aka Chandler was doing okay.

Fans pointed out that not only was he "gazing into the void" but also slurring his speech. The slurring was a sign that was of serious concern to ardent followers of the show and fans of the beloved characters. Many took to social media to share their thoughts about what's going on. While some said they were sad and worried for the actor, others said they were scared. 


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Official poster of the Friends Reunion Special (HBO Max)

There is often concern surrounding Perry. Years of his struggles with addiction have never been hidden from the massive fan base of the show. He has also infamously admitted to "not remembering three years" of filming because of his reliance on drugs and alcohol. Now, when fans saw him in the latest promo for the upcoming reunion special as he sat with co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, the 51-year-old actor stammered and stared, slurring his words at one point.

So is Matthew Perry okay or not? 

Turns out, he is just fine.


An 'emergency' procedure

According to a report published by The Sun, a source reveals that the Canadian actor had actually undergone an "emergency dental procedure which left him in pain, and he has not relapsed".

A source told the publication, "Matthew turned up to the reunion and members of his team said that he had an emergency tooth procedure that day. That was said to impact his wellbeing and also how he was feeling."

The cast with the fountain and the orange couch (HBO Max)

'Had been in pain'

"He had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech. Obviously, no one wants to film after a procedure, but it happened. The feeling was one of huge sympathy for Matthew especially in recent days given how people have reacted online. Matthew has told those around him that he is sober, and there is no need to worry."

The 'Friends' reunion special which is titled 'The One Where They Get Back Together' is scheduled to air on May 27, 2021, on HBO Max. All six original cast members including Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Schwimmer and Matthew will return to the screen. Alongside them is a long list of guest appearances reportedly including Justin Bieber, James Corden, David Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon. 

Matthew Perry speaks during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017, in Pasadena, California (Frederick M Brown/Getty Images)

Perry was recently in the news for his dating profile on Raya. He matched with a 20-year-old Kate Haralson and played 20 questions with her. The incident allegedly took place in May 2020 when Perry had briefly broken up with his present fiancée Molly Hurwitz. At that time, Haralson was 19 years old. 

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