The Almost-‘Friends’ Reunion Happened, Matthew Perry Says the Last Three Seasons Were a Blur

ICYMI: It’s not a true reunion if Chandler Bing isn’t involved.

The Friends crew was reunited on Sunday (Jan. 24) at the NBC taping of Must See TV: A Tribute To James Burrows—minus a very crucial member. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer were all present and accounted for, but Matthew Perry was nowhere to be found.

Perry previously announced on The Graham Norton Show that he wouldn’t be present at the taping due to a play that he’s working on in London, but he would be introducing the cast remotely. Instead, his presence was “replaced” with Big Bang Theory cast members Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar, and Melissa Rauch in the photo above, from Johnny Galecki.

Perry spoke out on his alcohol and drug addiction on Britain’s BBC Radio 2 on Jan. 22, revealing that his memory of taping the last three seasons was essentially a blur despite being sober while on-camera. When asked by host Chris Evans what his least favorite episode was, the actor candidly confessed, “I think the answer is, I don’t remember three years of it, so none of those. I was a little out of it at the time. Somewhere between seasons 3 and 6.”

Perry entered rehab twice during his stint on Friends, once in 1997 and then again in 2001. He has since opened the Perry House, a sober-living facility for men in Malibu, which has provided him with a sense of personal fulfillment. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, “but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.’”

The two-hour reunion special on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of the ladies’ mini-reunion at The Jimmy Kimmel Show in 2014.