Emmy Producers on Why the Friends Cast Didn't Reunite to Honor Matthew Perry: 'It's Still Very Fresh for Them'
2024/01/23

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The Friends cast is still grieving the loss of Matthew Perry. The executive producers of the 2023 Emmy Awards, Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, revealed that there were discussions about reuniting Perry's castmates at the ceremony, but they understood that it was too soon for them to do so. The awards show paid tribute to Perry and other industry icons during the "In Memoriam" segment, closing with an image of Perry and featuring Charlie Puth's performance of "See You Again" transitioning into the Friends theme song. An autopsy report revealed that Perry's death was caused by the acute effects of ketamine, with drowning and coronary artery disease listed as contributing factors.

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The Friends cast released a statement expressing their devastation and emphasizing their bond as a family. Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing, had a successful television career spanning nearly five decades, earning five Emmy nominations for his work on shows like The West Wing and Friends. His impact on the entertainment industry and the enduring legacy of his work continue to be felt.

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