Matthew Perry was the topic of much conversation in the build-up to and the aftermath of the Friends Reunion show last Thursday.

Fans of the show voiced their concerns over the actor’s appearance and speech, but the director of the one-off reunion has stuck up for the actor he called “brilliantly funny”.

Ben Winston, who pitched the idea for the gang to get back together in 2019, opened up about how the 51-year-old had been a joy to work with.

Speaking on the The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV’s Top 5 podcast, Ben said: “He was great. People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren’t.

“I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show. I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this.”

Matthew – who played Chandler Bing – has been open about his struggles with addiction over the years.

And the latest filming, which was the first time the show’s main stars had been back together on TV since the sitcom ended in 2004, had fans fearing he had relapsed.