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Friends: The Reunion's director defends Matthew Perry after receiving criticism from fans for his condition

'Friends' reunion director defends Matthew Perry after 'unkind' comments about actor's slurred speech. Learn more here!

Friends' director defends Matthew Perry
Friends' director defends Matthew Perry

Ben Winston, the "Friends" reunion director, has defended Matthew Perry against what he described as "unkind" comments about the actor. "I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this," he said.

Following the premiere of the special reunion episode last week, fans of the sitcom began to raise concerns about Matthew Perry's health noting that his speech appeared to be slurred throughout the reunion and during promotional videos.

Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry at the reunion

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if Matthew Perry was healthy, Winston said: "Yes, he was great. People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren't. I loved working with him. He's a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show.

It was later reported by various publications that the actor's slurred speech was the result of emergency dental surgery. A source close to the 51-year-old told The Sun newspaper that the procedure took place hours before the reunion episode was recorded. 

Matthew Perry

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