Matthew Perry’s slurred speech in Friends reunion promo caused by ‘dental work’

Fans of Friends shared their concern for Matthew Perry immediately after a Friends Reunion promo aired last week.

Matthew, 51, sat down with fellow cast members from the show for a “three question” interview with People about the eagerly awaited HBO Max special.

And the actor who played Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom was seen to have a glazed look and his speech was slurred, sparking some fans to question his sobriety.

The star even looked like he dozed off at one point.

However, the reason behind his slurred speech and actions has now been revealed.

A source close to the star has told The Sun that the star required emergency dental work hours prior to the interview.

Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer speaking ahead of the Friends Reunion show
Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer speaking ahead of the Friends Reunion show

The source said: “Matthew turned up to the reunion [in April] 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. [Matthew] had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech.”

The source added that the star had reassured pals that there was nothing to worry about.

They admitted that “nobody wants to film after a procedure”.

His actions in the promo videos were heavily scrutinised by fans who were concerned for his well-being.

One fan took to social media to write: “This felt so good seeing but also broke my heart seeing Matthew Perry like this.”

Another commented: “Hate to say it, but I’m sad and scared like hell for Matthew Perry.”

And a third put: “Is Matthew Perry okay?? Why does he slur his words and have a swollen tongue. I hope he’s not sick.”

Friends Reunion
Friends reunion special on HBO Max will use the original fountain and the original Warner Bros. Studios stage the sitcom was shot in

However, others jumped to his defence. One fan said: “I wish people would leave Matthew Perry alone about his slurred speech already. He has a sobriety coach so it’s obviously a long term health issue he is dealing with. Slurred speech doesn’t mean stoned or drunk out of one’s mind.”

It comes after the reunion show was eventually able to be filmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The hugely anticipated one-off special was shot in April and will air on May 27 via HB, HBO Max and Sky.

Matthew has previously told People that things got “out of control and very unhealthy” after a 1997 jet-ski accident left him addicted to the painkiller Vicodin.

In a 2016 interview with Radio 2, he confessed that he didn’t remember three years of the show and said he “was a little out of it.”

He has recently launched a line of merchandise to coincide with the reunion episode.

The items are written in the same font as the Friends logo, and feature catchphrases that could have feasibly been said by Matthew’s character Chandler Bing on the show.

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