Matthew Perry’s enduring friendship with Jennifer Aniston.

Aniston’s response hit him like a freight train. “‘We can smell it,’ she said, in a kind of weird but loving way, and the plural ‘we’ hit me like a sledgehammer,” Perry wrote.

Despite this moment, Perry maintains that the whole cast were his pillars of support during his years of addiction. 

“[They] were understanding, and they were patient,” he wrote in his memoir. 

“It’s like penguins. Penguins, in nature, when one is sick, or when one is very injured, the other penguins surround it and prop it up. They walk around it until that penguin can walk on its own. That’s kind of what the cast did for me.”

In a 2022 interview with Diane Sawyer, he spoke further about Aniston’s support over the years. “She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I’m really grateful to her for that,” Perry said. 

Their friendship was not without its bumps, as in 2015 it was reported that both Perry and LeBlanc did not get invited to Aniston’s wedding to Justin Theroux. 

“It was a surprise to me as well,” he told People. “They’re a lovely couple, and I’m happy for them… I wasn’t invited. So what can you do?”

But they reunited in 2019 on Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary, along with the four other stars of the show.

Aniston spoke about her friend on the Today show in response to some revelations that came out on the anniversary special. “I didn’t understand the level of anxiety and self-torture [that] was put on Matthew Perry, if he didn’t get that laugh, and the devastation that he felt.”