‘Friends’ Star Matt LeBlanc Looked On the Bright Side of Getting Stalked By Paparazzi

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matt LeBlanc and Kelly Clarkson

You suppose Friends is fashionable now? Sure, it’s a scorching streaming title and followers can’t anticipate the reunion on HBO Max. But, when it was the primary present on NBC within the ‘90s, the six solid members have been the largest stars round. Matt LeBlanc took the eye in stride and even took benefit of it as soon as.

Matt LeBlanc and Kelly Clarkson
Matt LeBlanc, Kelly Clarkson | Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

LeBlanc was a visitor on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic necessitated keep at dwelling orders. Clarkson went on hiatus and has been staying on her ranch in Montana. LeBlanc’s episode aired Monday, April 6.

Matt LeBlanc recollects ‘Friends’ fame earlier than social media

When a brand new era found Friends on streaming companies, they discussed it on social media. They may watch all 10 seasons instantly. LeBlanc recalled the times when everybody watched Friends dwell, as soon as per week.

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“It’s funny now,” LeBlanc stated. “It felt really huge but the way things are now with social media and streaming, your ability to binge watch something, we had VCRs back then. Nobody knew how to set them. Nobody could figure out how to tape a show. If you were right there, you could press record. To program it, you got the news. It feels somehow just as relevant now as it did back then.”

Watching ‘Friends’ reruns is troublesome for Matt LeBlanc

Friends ran from 1994-2004. LeBlanc payed Joey Tribbiani, the aspiring actor and girls man. He did two extra seasons of a by-product Joey from 2004-2006. Friends was so way back that watching reruns simply makes him really feel previous.

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Matt LeBlanc in Friends Season 1 | Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

“It’s funny because we’re all so much older now and it’s on TV,” LeBlanc stated. “You think, ‘God, look, we’re so young.’ You come out, it’s like, ‘Jesus.’”

The one the place helicopters flew over his home

The Friends solid needed to take care of plenty of paparazzi following them. LeBlanc recalled sooner or later when helicopters stalked all six of the solid members’ homes. If somebody actually needed to stalk his home today, they may simply use Google Earth. 

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(l-r) Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry | Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

“There’s some weird things that happened back then,” LeBlanc stated. “I keep in mind one time it was throughout the week. It was simply throughout the afternoon. I occurred to be flipping channels watching the information. For some purpose they’d a cut up display screen on the TV, six [windows]. Each was a dwell shot of every one in every of our homes, a helicopter shot. ‘The solid of Friends’ homes!’ I used to be like okay, what’s occurring right here? There was no info, no information, simply displaying the homes.”

The invasion of privateness reminded Matt LeBlanc to repair his home

In 2020, LeBlanc can snigger about such invasions of privateness throughout the Friends years. In truth, that occasion gave him a have a look at part of his home in want of restore. Without helicopters circling above, LeBlanc would by no means see his roof. 

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“I remember looking close at my house and thinking, ‘Sh*t, I need a new roof,’” LeBlanc stated. “The helicopter flies away, I get the ladder and I go up there.”

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