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LeBlanc's old Friend Matthew Perry backs him for Top Gear success

By Helen Pye

Actor Matthew Perry said he is excited about seeing his former co-star Matt LeBlanc step into the hot seat as Top Gear host.

Perry said LeBlanc, who he starred with in Friends, would be "great" at the job.

He added: "It's very exciting for him because he loves cars. He must be thrilled. I haven't spoken to him since he booked the gig, but he is going to be great."

After starring as his best friend for 10 years, Perry is well placed to allay any fears that LeBlanc could head the way of quick-tempered former host Jeremy Clarkson.

Asked whether LeBlanc would ever get "punchy" with producers, Perry said: "No. He was wonderful. Matt is one of the nicest, funniest guys in the world."

Perry is currently appearing in West End play The End Of Longing, which he wrote and directs.

He revealed that one scene was taken from a real-life incident when he was 25 and unable to turn off a porn video.

He recalled: "It wouldn't shut off, so I decided to turn the volume down, but I could still hear it.

"That's when I remembered that the night before I had been sitting in my backyard drinking a Martini and listening to music, and I realised that for the last half hour I had been blasting porn into my outdoor speakers... at 2 o'clock in the afternoon."

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