Matthew Perry will remove Keanu Reeves insult from future editions of memoir: ‘It was a mean thing to do’

Matthew Perry says he will remove Keanu Reeves’ name from future copies of his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.

Last weekend the Friends star appeared at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books where he told the audience during a panel that he “said a stupid thing” when he name-dropped Keanu Reeves in his autobiography. The actor revealed he planned to omit Reeves’ name from future editions.

“I said a stupid thing. It was a mean thing to do.”

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Perry faced backlash after he referenced Reeves in his memoir, but not in a positive light.

“River [Phoenix] was a beautiful man, inside and out – too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down,” Perry wrote. “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?”

He referenced Reeves again when he recalled his reaction to Chris Farley’s death.

“I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us.”

UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Matthew Perry. (photo by Newsmakers)

The excerpts from his book caused a stir and prompted the actor to issue a public apology.

“I’m actually a big fan of Keanu,” he said at the time. “I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.”

Perry later added he “pulled his name because I live on the same street.”

While he has yet to personally apologize to Reeves, Perry said: “If I run into the guy, I’ll apologize. It was just stupid.”


It was a stupid and mean thing for Matthew Perry to include Keanu Reeves’ name in his memoir. Hopefully one day soon Perry takes the time to personally apologize to Reeves. It’s what he deserves.