Sopranos star Steve Schirripa brands Matthew Perry a ‘douchebag’ in angry rant

The Sopranos star recalled meeting the Friends actor several times on a recent episode of his podcast, Talking Sopranos

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Starring as Chandler Bing in the iconic TV show Friends, Matthew Perry has won the hearts of many since rising to fame almost three decades ago in 1994.

However, it seems not everyone is a fan of the 51-year-old actor.

Speaking on his podcast earlier this month, The Sopranos star Steve Schirripa hit out at the Friends actor and dubbed him a "douchebag" as he recalled meeting the TV funnyman when visiting the set of his show.

Steve was talking with former co-star Michael Imperioli on episode 65 of their podcast Talking Sopranos, where the one-time colleagues discuss all all things related to the hit HBO drama that made them household names.

Steve brought up the Friends actor while chatting on his podcast earlier this month
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As the two actors were discussing an old US Today magazine, which featured Michael and Matt LeBlanc on the cover, the Christopher Moltisanti actor revealed he has never seen a single episode of the 90s TV show Friends.

“I’ve told you about it, it’s an iconic show, beloved to this day by younger people," his co-host Steve says.

"The cast is great and I told you, the one douchebag is Matthew Perry. He is a hall of fame douchebag.”

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Steve, who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos, is then questioned by his friend about why he holds such a low opinion of Matthew.

“Because he was rude to me a few times when I met him," the 63-year-old revealed.

"I went to the set of Friends because I’m friends with David Arquette and Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston couldn’t have been nicer and Matt LeBlanc is a terrific guy."

He continued: "I’ve worked with Matt, I did his show Joey, and I’ve done a movie with David Schwimmer who I like a lot. I was at Courtney Cox’s house…. Matthew’s a d**k."

His podcast co-host Michael seemed hesitant to accept his claims, as he pushed Steve to expand more on his feelings towards the Friends actor.

Steve spoke positively about Matthew's Friends co-stars
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“The guy’s f**king rude. I also met him in New York," the Blue Bloods star elaborated.

"I said “hey how you doing, good to see you again” and he gave me the pay-no-mind list, he put me on the f**king pay-no-mind list instead of just saying 'hey, how you doing pal' – that’s all you’ve got to say."

When Michael suggests perhaps the Chandler Bing actor had never seen an episode of The Sopranos, Steve replied: "He knew the show. I want people to be respectful and not rude, whether they recognise me or not. He gave me the f**king fish hand."

"Oh he gave you the fish hand," Michael replies to his co-host's revelations.

"That's a different story."

The success of their podcast has seen Michael and Steve land a book deal to document the history of The Sopranos
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Steve continued with his story, saying: "All you've got to do is…look, if someone comes up to me and says 'hey Steve I like your work' I say 'Thanks, appreciate it.'

"You cannot be rude just because of who the f**k you think you are because you’re going to get it. You’re going to get it."

Talking Sopranos began on April 6 2020 with Steve and Michael providing inside information and behind the scenes tidbits as they discussed the hit show, episode by episode.

By September 2020, the podcast had reached over five million downloads and it was revealed that the acting duo had signed a deal with Harper Collins to write an oral history of The Sopranos.

The Mirror has reached out to Matthew's representatives for comment.

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