Friends Fans Say Eerie Scene Should Be Deleted From Show After Matthew Perry’s Tragic Death

Friends fans want the Matthew Perry drowning joke scene removed following the actor's tragic death.
Credit: Alamy & NBC

Friends fans want a scene to be removed from the TV sitcom following Matthew Perry’s tragic death.

Perry played Chandler Bing in the hugely popular comedy series, appearing in all 236 episodes.

He was cast in the role when he was 24 and soon became a fan-favourite character – with viewers loving his sarcastic humour and his relationship with Courteney Cox’s character Monica.

Tragically, news broke that Perry died aged 54 on October 28. He was reportedly found unresponsive in his jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home.

TMZ reported that first responders were called to Perry’s house after he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest. NBC added that the case was being treated as a ‘death investigation with no signs of foul play’.

At the time of writing, Perry’s cause of death has yet to be disclosed.

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Following the heartbreaking news, fans have been sharing their favourite moments of Perry in Friends and it’s led to one particular scene resurfacing that some viewers now want to be removed.

The scene in question – which has been shared on TikTok – shows Monica and Chandler having their photos professionally taken for their wedding announcement.

While Monica is posing naturally, Chandler is struggling to pull a smile, which leads to his fiancée asking ‘what is the matter’ with his face.

She continues: “Like this picture is supposed to say Gellar and Bing to be married.

“Not local woman saves drowning moron.”

@taylorkierce999 RIP Chandler BING 😭🙏🏼 #ripchandlerbing #chandlerbing #matthewperry #restinpeace #friendsreunion #breakingnews ♬ I’ll Be There for You (TV Version with Dialogue) – The Rembrandts

The photographer begins to laugh in agreement with Monica. However, she instantly gets offended.

She then tells the photographer not to laugh at Chandler because he is ‘my drowning moron’, which makes his facial expression soften.

This scene has hit hard with some fans of the show, as Perry’s death is reportedly being treated as a water rescue.

Fans have commented on the TikTok video to pay tribute to the 17 Again actor, with one writing: “This scene will never be watched in the same way again, at least I can’t.”

Chandler Bing and Monica Geller.
Friends fans are saying a drowning joke from the sitcom should be removed following the tragic death of Matthew Perry. Credit: NBC

Another adds: “I haven’t watched a single episode but this connection is so freaking sad.”

“They are definitely gonna cut this out or never show the episode,” a third fan speculates.

A fourth person asks: “Will they now remove this scene from Netflix?”

“This scene seems very weird since Matthew Perry did drown,” somebody else comments.

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Following the actor’s passing, many celebrities have publicly paid tribute to Perry, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was friends with him at school.

He wrote: “Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them.”

Maggie Wheeler – who played Chandler’s on/off girlfriend Janice Litman-Goralnik on Friends – shared a photo of the pair of them on social media and said: “What a loss. The world will miss you, Matthew Perry.

“The joy you brought to so many in your too-short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.