Matt LeBlanc appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show this week (the episode was taped before production shut down due to COVID-19), and he talked about the ten seasons he was on the beloved 1990s sitcom Friends, as well as the upcoming reunion.
The reunion special was supposed to be taped last month on the original Central Perk set at Warner Bros. studios, but the taping had to be postponed due to coronavirus. The original six stars of the series – LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston – still plan on getting together for the reunion taping in the future.
The special was supposed to air on HBO Max next month when the new streaming service launches, but fans will have to wait. However, all ten seasons of the series will be immediately available.
During his appearance, LeBlanc dished to Clarkson about his time on Friends, and he also revealed some of his “weird” experiences during the height of the show’s fame.
“I remember one time, it was during the week, I had been flipping channels and watching the news and for some reason, they had a split-screen on the TV, six quadrants,” explained the 52-year-old. “Each was a live shot of each one of our houses, like a helicopter shot. I was watching it and there was no information or news, it was just showing houses.”
LeBlanc said that he remembers looking closely at his house and thought to himself: “I need a new roof.” After the helicopter flew away, LeBlanc said that he got his ladder out and went up there.
The actor says that even though the sitcom has been off the air for more than 15 years, he feels that it is “somehow just as relevant” as it was in the 90s. LeBlanc said it felt “really huge” at the time, but now that people can binge watch the series and share things on social media, it has found an even bigger audience.
“It’s funny because we’re all so much older now. You look on TV and you think ‘Look you’re so young!’ And you come back and you’re like ‘Jesus,’ ” LeBlanc added.
LeBlanc said that the reunion special will not be scripted, and it will simply be the six stars together “talking about the good old days.” He joked that they were basically getting “the band back together without the instruments.”
Matt LeBlanc is currently starring in Man With A Plan, which airs Thursday nights on CBS.