Matt LeBlanc’s Weight Gain Has ‘Friends’ Fans Coming to His Defense

In 2014, the Friends alum revealed that one of the storylines on his Emmy-nominated comedy series Episodes — which ran from 2011 to 2017 — mirrored his own struggle with body image.

“The stuff we did last year [on Episodes] about me getting overweight — that all really happened,” Matt told The Sun at the time, recalling an embarrassing incident at a pool. “I was at a hotel, and I was overweight. I was lying on a chaise, and I thought it was all private.” 

“This guy was in the pool and he had a gym bag and a 2-year-old son with him,” the comedian explained. “He picks his son out of the water, sits him on the edge of the pool, opens his gym bag, takes out his camera, and fires across the pool at me. It was on the front page of the National Enquirer the next day.

“The headline was ‘Beached Male.’ That stung a little,” Matt admitted. “There was another that said ‘Fat LeBlanc.’ That was clever, I thought.”

But the Golden Globe winner acknowledged that criticism about his physique is “part of the ups and downs of Hollywood, so it doesn’t really matter.” He’s got thicker skin than we do.

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