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LeBlanc: Friends will always be popular

Matt LeBlanc has spoken about the “timeless” appeal of his hit show Friends.

The 47-year-old actor achieved worldwide fame thanks to his portrayal of Joey Tribbiani in the hit show, which ran from 1994 to 2004.

But while the programme came to an end over 10 years ago, repeats are aired the world over on a daily basis – something that Matt thinks will continue for many years to come.

"The only thing that dates the show is when someone makes a phone call, you see them pull the antenna on the phone," Matt told People.com.

"It's pretty timeless."

Friends centres on a group of six pals – Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey – who live in New York. And Matt adds he thinks the storylines the programme dealt with are what contribute to its continued appeal.

“It's about people in a phase of your life – that sort of after college and before your life starts," Matt added. "There's always going to be a new generation going through that, and they can identify with it because we kind of dealt with a lot of the issues that you deal with where your friends are your family. I think it's good. I'm proud of it."

Since Friends, all the stars of the show have gone on to bigger and better things.

Matt is currently starring in the fourth season of his show Episodes, in which he stars as an egocentric version of himself.

And while the majority of the plot lines on the show are fictional, there are some that come from Matt opening up about his experiences to the writers of the series.

“The writers and I have dinner a lot," he said. "We chat a lot, and sometimes they'll take something from a story I told them, or most of the time it's just things they've come up with on their own."

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