Tuesday 6 December 2016

Matt LeBlanc must be thrilled at Top Gear gig, says former co-star Matthew Perry

Published 03/03/2016 | 12:46

Matthew Perry is currently appearing in West End play The End Of Longing
Matthew Perry is currently appearing in West End play The End Of Longing

Matthew Perry said he is excited to see his former co-star Matt LeBlanc step into the hot seat as Top Gear host.

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The two rose to fame as Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani on comedy series Friends but Perry was convinced LeBlanc would be "great" at the new presenting gig.

Speaking on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, he said: "It's a very exciting job for him because he loves cars. He must be thrilled. I haven't spoken to him since he booked the gig but he is going to be great."

After starring as his best friend for 10 years, Perry is well placed to allay any fears that LeBlanc could head the way of quick-tempered fired former host Jeremy Clarkson.

Asked whether LeBlanc would ever get "punchy" with producers, Perry said: "No. He was wonderful. Matt is one of the nicest, funniest guys in the world."

Perry is currently appearing in West End play The End Of Longing that he both wrote and directs.

He revealed to Carr that one scene was taken directly from an unfortunate real-life incident when he was 25 and unable to turn off a porn video he was watching in the middle of the afternoon.

He recalled: "It wouldn't shut off, so I decided to turn the volume down because it was really the sound that was driving me crazy. I pushed the volume button down on the remote and I could see the nozzle on the wall unit go all the way down to zero, but I could still hear it.

"That's when I remembered that the night before I had been sitting in my backyard drinking a martini and listening to music, and I realised that for the last half hour I had been blasting porn into my outdoor speakers... at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

"I had people walking their dogs walking around the place. It was really terrible."

Chatty Man returns to Channel 4 at 10pm.

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