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Friends star Matthew Perry to write memoir on time on the show and addiction

Friends star Matthew Perry will write an “unabashedly honest” autobiography exploring his addiction issues, an editor said.

The still-untitled book, due for release in fall 2022, will take readers “behind the scenes” of the era-defining sitcom Friends, Flatiron Books said.

Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the series, will also explore the substance abuse and alcohol issues that have marked his career.

Friends star Matthew Perry to post autobiography exploring his addiction issues (PA)

The publisher said it had secured the rights to the book “as part of a major overnight preemption” – essentially securing it ahead of an auction.

Reports in the United States suggested the deal was in the “middle seven-digit range.”

The memoir is “the book Friends fans have been waiting for, but it will also shed a powerful light for anyone fighting for themselves or a loved one,” said Flatiron, a division of Macmillan.

Megan Lynch, publisher of Flatiron Books, said: “We need humor, we need catharsis and we need to agree on something – and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his unmistakable voice, is that thing.

“Matthew’s book has unparalleled potential to bring people together, which seems particularly galvanizing at this time, a time of isolation and division.”

Perry, 52, was one of the best-known and highest-paid TV stars in Friends’ 10 years starting in 1994, but he struggled to overcome his addiction.

His appearance on the show changed as his weight fluctuated significantly due to his drug issues.

In 2016, Perry, whose movie roles include The Whole Nine Yards and 17 Again, told the BBC his drug use was so bad he couldn’t remember about three years of his time on Friends, seasons three to six.

Perry joined his former co-stars for the highly anticipated special reunion of friends in May. Some fans have expressed concern over his appearance on the show.

Cory E. Barnes

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