There is an old adage that says you should never believe what you read in the news. At the very least, you should take it with a pinch of salt, and sprinkle that salt with some added cynicism.
Matt LeBlanc has proven the adage to be true after he called out British tabloid The Mirror following a damning 'interview' alleging he went off the rails following the end of the beloved sitcom Friends, where he starred as Joey Tribbiani.
In Response To The Article, LeBlanc Tweeted This
This isn't a case of someone claiming they've been misquoted — the 48-year-old hasn't even had an interview with the newspaper, which suggests the entire thing was completely fabricated.
The Article Suggested LeBlanc Was In A Very Dark Place
The report in question directly quoted LeBlanc as saying:
“For years and years, I barely left the house. I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that.
"My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, ‘What’s going on?’ I’d call mine and say, ‘Please lose my number for a few years.’ It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown.”
It was claimed LeBlanc embarked upon a self induced exile after Friends ended after 10 seasons in 2004. As well as the direct quote, the erroneous article claims LeBlanc led a promiscuous lifestyle around that time, with flings with women of all professions, including models and porn stars.
Disturbingly, considering LeBlanc's distancing of the article, the article also directly quotes LeBlanc discussing his daughter's medical condition. Marina, who is 11, suffered from cortical dysplasia, although most of the symptoms have now subsided.
Life After 'Friends'
Unbelievably, Friends's last episode was aired almost 12 years ago (remember the last scene above?!) Since then, LeBlanc has appeared in numerous sitcoms, including the lucrative spin-off, Joey, between 2004 and 2006.
Although he was paid $20 million for two seasons, the show never took off, and was eventually pulled by NBC for low ratings in 2006.
His following venture, Episodes, offered the actor some career redemption. His Inception-esque performance as a fictional version of himself won critical acclaim, and he was awarded with a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy.
It was announced last week that LeBlanc will be a new presenter on BBC's motoring show, Top Gear.
Do you think LeBlanc will make a good 'Top Gear' presenter?