VH1 to Remember ‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Days After His Unfortunate Demise

Published 11/06/2023, 2:34 PM EST

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“We Swallow Our Feelings, Even If It Means We’re Unhappy Forever.” This iconic line by Chandler Bing from Friends summarized Matthew Perry in ways that are better left unsaid. Gulping down his battles with addiction, the actor swayed generations of audiences with smiles and moments that still stay etched. In his sudden demise that shocked and pained millions of hearts last week, the timeless wise-cracking gem was bestowed with countless tributes and mentions from fans, critics, and co-stars, that reached nearly everyone across all walks of life.

The latest to honor the departed soul is VH1 and Entertainment Tonight. Differing from the already made statements of condolences, plans are afoot with exclusives and more to befall on the screens.

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On October 28, a pall of gloom descended over Hollywood, and Friends fans wept down on their knees as news broke of the actor’s demise. The sudden death of Matthew Perry in his Los Angeles home hot tub evoked an outpouring of heartfelt tributes. Now, days after he was laid to rest, VH1 has come forward with a riveting showcase to pay homage. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the media company would host and air Matthew Perry: Life and Legacy along with Entertainment Tonight.

The special episode would feature Perry’s never-before-seen interviews and snippets as well as behind-the-scenes footage from his time on Friends. Additionally, trivia, memories, and talks about unheard as well as known moments from his stint as Chandler Bing would also run their course. The network would also rerun the entirety of the comedy sitcom as a countdown until the featurette airs on November 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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The massively popular star had a fair share of struggles that also reared their teeth on Friends.

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In the ten years that the show aired, Matthew Perry inscribed himself prominently into fans’ hearts. The actor with his many-a-time improvised one-liners forever embedded Chandler Bing into pop culture. However, just as the show was about to enter its season two, the actor’s struggles were gaining prominence. Battling alcohol addiction, Perry also fell prey to opioids after a 1997 jet-ski accident.

The actor found himself in the hospital for two weeks in 2000 for alcohol-related pancreatitis. The resulting diagnosis made him shed 20 pounds in weight, hence his frail appearance at season seven’s premiere. Throughout the show, his weight oscillated between 128 and 225 pounds. Well aware of it, the Friends cast was unanimous on Perry’s recovery. Their quest for the same bore fruit as the actor was en route to sobriety up until his demise.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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