Matthew Perry’s slurred speech in Friends: The Reunion caused quite a stir on Twitter.
However, it’s now been revealed that it was the result of dental work.
According to reports, the 51-year-old underwent an emergency procedure on the day the special was being filmed.
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A source told The Sun: “That was said to impact his wellbeing and also how he was feeling.
“He had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech.”
They added: “Obviously no one wants to film after a procedure, but it happened. The feeling was one of huge sympathy for Matthew, especially in recent days given how people have reacted online.”
Many viewers who tuned in for the one-off special, which failed to include Paul Rudd, took to Twitter to comment on Perry’s slurred speech and said it made them feel ‘sad’.
One person wrote: “Although I loved the reunion, it was difficult watching Matthew Perry like this. He was talking with a slurred speech. Sad to see our beloved Chandler like this.”
Another added: “He sounded very slurred and mumbled, as if he was wearing dentures that didn’t fit. Very sad to see.”
However, others jumped to his defence and asked viewers to ‘cut the man some slack’.
One person wrote: “What is the deal with people bullying Matthew Perry over his slurred speech? He’s not in his 30s anymore and has a serious problem going on, cut the man some slack.”
Along with Perry, the one-off special also featured Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
The episode is now available to stream on HBO in the US. In the UK and Ireland, it can be watched on the streaming service NOW TV.
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