Matthew Perry says he asked to have the last line in the series finale of Friends

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Matthew Perry as Chandler and Courteney Cox as Monica in the series finale of Friends.ABC

  • ‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry revealed he asked to have the last line on the show.

  • Perry recalled telling co-creator Marta Kauffman, “Nobody’s going to care but me.”

  • “I love the look on Schwimmer’s face when I deliver that line,” Perry said in his memoir.

Friends star Matthew Perry said his character Chandler Bing was deliberately given the final say on the hit sitcom’s series finale because he asked for it.

The show, which ran for ten seasons on NBC between 1994 and 2004, centered on the lives of six friends living in New York City, played by Perry, David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox ( Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani). It was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

In his memoir, released Nov. 1, titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry shared his experiences filming the show’s emotional final episode (aptly titled “The Last One”) on January 23, 2004.

“Prior to this last episode, I had pulled Marta Kauffman aside,” Perry wrote. “‘No one will care but me,’ I said. ‘So, can I have the last line, please?’ So when we all storm out of the apartment and Rachel has suggested one last cup of coffee, I have to pull the curtain on ‘Friends’.”

Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer on the Friends series finale.

Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer on the Friends series finale.ABC

The finale of “Friends” ended with Monica and Chandler vacating their apartment as they prepared to head to the suburbs with their newborn twins, named Jack (after Monica and Ross’ father) and Erica (after their birth mother). draw.

In the empty apartment, the six friends thought about living there one day and put their keys on the counter.

Then Rachel asked Monica and Chandler if they needed to go to their new home right away. When Monica said they had some free time, Rachel asked if they could get some coffee.

“Sure,” Chandler said before making one last sarcastic comment. “Where?

Then everyone left the apartment and probably went to Central Perk, the often frequented coffee shop.

“I love the look on Schwimmer’s face as I recite that line — it’s the perfect blend of affection and amusement, just what Friends has always given the world,” Perry wrote in his memoir.

Clockwise from left: Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Chris Isaak as Rob Donnen, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller in season two from

Clockwise from left: Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller in the second season of Friends.Brian D. McLaughlin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Perry said that after the finale wrapped, Aniston and LeBlanc cried while he “felt nothing.”

Rather than sobbing like his colleagues, Perry said that he and his then-girlfriend walked around Stage 24 at Warner Bros. in Burbank, Calif., where “Friends” was filming and “sat in the parking lot for a moment and about.” the preceding would have thought 10 years.”

“’Friends’ was a safe place, a touchstone of calm for me; it had given me a reason to get up every morning, and it had also given me a reason to take it easy the night before,” Perri said. “It was the time of our lives. It was like we received a new amazing message every day. Even I knew that only a madman (which in many moments I had been) would screw up a job like this.”

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