The 75th Emmy Awards paid tribute to the late Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing on Friends. However, fans noticed the absence of his co-stars Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow. Executive producer Jeannae Rouzan-Clay explained that Perry's recent passing was still very raw for the cast, leading to their decision not to participate.
Jesse Collins, another executive producer, mentioned that while they had considered involving the Friends cast, they respected their need for time and space to mourn. The tribute included a heartfelt segment featuring the Friends theme song and a photo montage of Perry. Despite their absence at the event, the Friends cast had previously expressed their grief and paid tribute to Perry through social media posts.
Perry's commitment to supporting others facing challenges, as detailed in his 2022 memoir, was also highlighted. The cast's decision not to participate in the tribute at the Emmys underscored their ongoing support for Perry in their own way.