Matthew Perry Made A History-Making Demand On The Friends Finale

Matthew Perry revealed in his memoir that he had one demand to say the final line in the Friends finale.

By James Brizuela | Published

Matthew Perry released a tell-all memoir called Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, and so far, the new book has received some negative publicity. That is because a lot of the details in the book seem to throw shade at actors, like the beloved Keanu Reeves. However, a new detail has emerged from the book that states that Perry had made one demand to say the final line in the Friends finale.

According to Matthew Perry, “Nobody else will care about this except me,’ I said. ‘So, may I please have the last line?’ That’s why as we all troop out of the apartment, and Rachel has suggested one last coffee, I got to bring the curtain down on Friends.”

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We are not sure how fans are going to feel about the history-changing moment, but it seems that Matthew Perry had been adamant about wanting to end the series with the final piece of dialogue. Some could say that it was a bit of a power move, as he needed to be the one to say the final line, or it was simply something that the character of Chandler had to do. We would argue the latter point on this one, and the finale is quite good, so things worked out in the end.

However, not all the details in the tell-all book have been great, as previously mentioned. For some odd reason, Matthew Perry had named Keanu Reeves in his memoir, but in a very strange way. Perry had been speaking about his close friend and fellow actor, River Pheonix, who had died from a drug overdose but decided to use it as an opportunity to take a shot at Reeves.

According to Matthew Perry’s memoir, “It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down. Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us.” Everyone had been clearly upset about the words stated by Perry, which led him to walk back his comments a few days after they had come out.

Keanu Reeves also was informed of the comment and responded in the best way possible by stating Matthew Perry’s comments were out of “left field” but had already “backfired” on him, as he was forced to apologize for naming Reeves in his book. Perry also stated that his opioid addiction nearly cost him his life, as a doctor told him he had about a 2% chance to live when his colon ruptured. While tell-all memoirs are meant to clearly dig deeper into a celebrity’s life, these memoirs can also be damaging.

Matthew Perry may have only simply asked to say the last line in Friends, but he might be looked down on for doing so, given the issues or controversies that have already popped up from other revelations in his new memoir. This ask could be taken as a steep demand, and he claims to state that no one else in the cast cared about it, but they possibly could have without having been able to express that desire. Still, Perry was able to say the final line, and place a cap on the end of one of the most important sitcoms ever created.

Matthew Perry’s memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, is available right now. Fans can go take a deeper look at Perry’s personal and professional life. However, if you happen to be a Keanu Reeves fan, just skip past the part where Perry wished death on him.