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Joey destined to fail, says LeBlanc

Published 05/05/2015

Friends spin-off Joey was destined to fail, says Matt LeBlanc
Friends spin-off Joey was destined to fail, says Matt LeBlanc

Screen star Matt LeBlanc has admitted that his Friends spin-off show Joey was destined to fail.

The series was slammed by critics and proved an audience turn-off after launching when LeBlanc was at the peak of his fame.

The actor, who sends himself up in BBC2 comedy Episodes, told Radio Times magazine: "It was doomed from the start.

"The writing and the jokes were OK but the conflict and the obstacles in the stories were not valid enough.

"In Friends Joey was always glass is half full. In Joey he was glass half empty. And that was sad. It was the same showrunner as Friends, and I think we should have taken a year off."

He added: "In Friends I was sharing a 22-minute episode with six other characters. In Joey the script was all me. It was a lot of responsibility. The pressure was so much, I remember feeling like an elephant had sat on my head."

LeBlanc said that he did not always approve of the jokes made about him in Episodes, in which he co-stars with Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan.

"There was one which was just too gross. I don't mind being the butt of a joke if it's a good, smart joke. But if it's cheap at my expense, I'm not interested."

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