“The One Where Chandler Cheated” — that’s almost one Friendthe episode is gone.
Actress Lisa Cash, who appeared in the Season 5 episode “The One in Vegas: Part 1,” revealed that she was originally part of a storyline where Matthew Perry’s character Chandler Bing cheated on Courteney Cox’s Monica Geller. But the plot was eventually interrupted because Perry spoke up.
“Basically, the scene was Chandler and Monica fighting [Las] Vegas … Chandler goes to the hotel room, orders room service and I bring it up as a hotel worker,” Cash told TMZ. “And we end up talking and laughing and bonding, and Chandler ends up cheating on Monica with my character.”
Cash said they “tried everything.” But the day before they were to film in front of a live audience, Perry asked to change the story.
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing sits on the couch with Courteney Cox as Monica Geller.
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“I was told that [he] he went into the writers and said that the audience would never forgive him for cheating on Monica, which he was probably right,” Cash explained. “It would probably change the course of the series and its character.”
Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the incident and whether the story has been changed.
Cash said that since the storyline was changed, she was instead featured in the same episode as a flight attendant on Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross Geller’s (David Schwimmer) flight. However, she recalled how “neat” it was to work with Perry one-on-one.
Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing in “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding.”.
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“I was coming and I was new to the industry. And it could have been really scary for me to have… a scene with Matthew Perry, but I felt so comfortable,” she noted.
“He was really nice and welcoming and just made me feel at ease, and it’s fun, you know,” she added. “It was a lot of fun to do a scene with him and it was easy to do a scene with him.”
The funeral of Matthew Perry was attended Friends Costars after the actor’s unexpected death
Perry was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on October 28 at the age of 54. Sources told TMZ that first responders were called to the residence for cardiac arrest and that no illegal drugs were found at the scene.
In addition, the house received the sound of an ambulance mentioning “drowning”.
Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay.
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In the wake of his departure, his Friends costars — Aniston, Cox, Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc — reacted to the news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, saying, “We are all completely devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than co-stars. We are family. There is so much to say , but right now we will take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”
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Kauffman and Crane, as well as executive producer Kevin Bright, also issued a joint statement. “We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by the death of our beloved friend Matthew,” they wrote. “It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as a part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent.”
A statement from Kaufman, Crane and Bright concluded: “We will always cherish the joy, the light, the dazzling intelligence that he brought to every moment — not only to his work, but to his life. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, giving and selfless heart.”
PEOPLE confirmed that Perry was laid to rest on November 3 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles near Warner Bros. Studios. All five of his Friends costars were present at the service, which took place almost a week after his death.
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