Matthew Perry Tribute: Adele honors ‘incredibly brave’ former Friends star at Las Vegas show

Adele paid tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry during her Las Vegas concert on Saturday night.

The singer-songwriter was on stage shortly after news broke that the actor had been found dead in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home at age 54.

Adele paused her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, site of her ongoing Vegas residency, to speak about the actor, who she described as ‘probably the best comedic character of all time.’

‘It is always so shocking, especially someone that made you laugh and who bought so much joy to your life that you don’t know. This is what I find so strange, I never met him in my life. There is something, you feel so sad about it especially because you don’t necessarily known what was going on,’ she told the crowd.

‘I’ll remember that character for the rest of my life,’ she added of Perry’s Friends character Chandler Bing. ‘He’s probably the best comedic character of all time.’

Tribute: Adele paid tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry during her Las Vegas concert on Saturday night

Loss: The singer-songwriter was on stage shortly after news broke that the actor had been found dead in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home at age 54

Adele, who was dressed up as Morticia Adams for the Halloween weekend performance, dedicated her son ‘When We Were Young,’ to Perry.

During the introduction to the song Adele usually works her way through the audience to collect favorite childhood memories.

Sharing her own childhood memory from the stage, Adele recalled: ‘One of my friends Andrew when I was, like, 12 did the best Chandler impression’.

‘He would do it all the time to make us laugh and if any of us were having a bad day or feeling low he would just pretend to be Chandler.’

Adele, who made her own decision to stop drinking earlier this year, also addressed Perry’s issues with alcohol and opioid addiction. ‘He was so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety, which I think is incredibly, incredibly brave,’ she said of the star who penned a bestselling book about his struggles.

Adele mentioned Perry again later in the show after bursting into tears when she spotted her OB-GYN in the audience, telling the audience: ‘It’s a very emotional night.’

Perry, who shot to fame as the sarcastic Chandler Bing in the seminal 90s sitcom, was found dead at his house in Los Angeles on Saturday after emergency crews were called at around 4pm local time.

He had reportedly played a two-hour game of Pickleball – a sport similar to tennis but played on a smaller court – earlier in the day, before sending his assistant out on an errand. When they returned, Perry was said to be found unresponsive in his hot tub.

Adele paused her Vegas show to pay tribute to Matthew Perry on Saturday night.

Around Hollywood, Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino and more posted tributes to the “Friends” star on social media. Here’s what they had to say: https://t.co/A8aRhRLKZ0#SNL #Friends #ChandlerBing pic.twitter.com/Zv89QAQAdR

Halloween concert: Adele, who was dressed up as Morticia Adams for the Halloween weekend performance, dedicated her son ‘When We Were Young,’ to Perry

Adele paused her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, site of her ongoing Vegas residency, to speak about the actor, who she described as ‘probably the best comedic character of all time’

Brave: Adele also addressed Perry’s issues with alcohol and opioid addiction. ‘He was so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety, which I think is incredibly, incredibly brave’

Friends, which followed the lives of six friends in their 20s living in New York, was a smash hit across the globe when it aired between 1994 and 2004, and re-runs still remain hugely popular years later.

Perry won a worldwide fanbase for his role as Chandler, earning him an Emmy nomination in 2002 – but behind the glitz and glamour, he secretly battled substance abuse for decades.

There was no indication of foul play and no drugs were found at the scene of his death, sources said this morning.

The cast of Saturday Night Live also paid tribute to the star shortly after the former Friends star’s sudden death at the age of 54 was confirmed.

Tragic: The cast of Saturday Night Live also paid tribute to the star shortly after the former Friends star’s sudden death at the age of 54 was confirmed

Old times: Perry rose to fame for his role as wisecracking Chandler Bing (clockwise from bottom left: Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green)

A black and white image of Perry closed the latest instalment of NBC’s late night sketch show – hosted on this occasion by comedian Nate Bargatze.

Perry himself had previously hosted the show on October 4 1997, at the the height of his mainstream fame with American sitcom Friends, during which indie band Oasis featured as musical guests.

He was fourth star of the hit show to feature as Saturday Night Live host after Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox served as joint hosts in 1995, while Lisa Kudrow featured the following year.

Perry’s one episode tenure featured a Friends parody, in which the actor played womanising roommate Joey – a character made famous by Matt LeBlanc – while Colin Quinn played an effeminate version of Chandler.

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Matthew Perry Dies at 54

Matthew Perry, the Friends star who battled addiction for decades before, during, and after he spent ten seasons in the ensemble of one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms, has died, the L.A. Times reports. Perry was allegedly discovered unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles; the paper’s source did not cite a cause of death. The actor was 54.

Perry was best known for his portrayal of the witty, sarcastic and catchphrase-loving Chandler Bing on the iconic ’90s sitcom, starring in 234 episodes of the series created by David Crane and Martha Kaufman from 1994 to 2004 and getting an Emmy nomination for his work in its ninth season. (Perry was nominated for Emmys five times in total, including for his appearance in 2021’s HBO Max Friends reunion special.)  Though all six of the series’ lead characters were funny, Chandler was first among equals—a charmingly self-deprecating, grown-up class clown who could wring a laugh out of nothing more than his unique inflection (“Could she be more out of my league?”).

The son of actor John Bennett Perry, Canada-born Perry yearned to make it big in Hollywood before he booked Friends at the age of 24. ”There was steam coming out of my ears, I wanted to be famous so badly,” he told the New York Times in 2002. “You want the attention, you want the bucks, and you want the best seat in the restaurant. I didn’t think what the repercussions would be.”

During the show’s run, Perry attempted to launch a film career, starring in well-received comedies including Fools Rush In, Three to Tango, and The Whole Nine Yards. After it ended, he starred on numerous short-lived TV series, including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine, Go On, and the 2015 CBS reboot of The Odd Couple. But Perry never quite managed to escape Chandler’s long shadow.

His efforts were complicated by the lifelong battle with addiction he chronicled in his 2022 memoir, the New York Times bestseller Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. In an interview he gave while promoting the book, Perry shared that he found it impossible to rewatch Friends because all he saw were the physical signs of his disease. “I was taking 55 Vicodin a day, I weighed 128 pounds, I was on Friends getting watched by 30 million people—and that’s why I can’t watch the show, ’cause I was brutally thin,” Perry said. “I didn’t watch the show, and haven’t watched the show, because I could go, ’Drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine,’” he said. “I could tell season by season, by how I looked. That’s why I don’t wanna watch it, because that’s what I see.”

Perry estimated last year that he had spent around $9 million trying to stay sober. He’d been to rehab 15 times, he said; he’d had 14 surgeries on his stomach due to damage wrought from his addiction to opioids and alcohol. The worst of them came when his colon burst when Perry was 49; the actor was placed in a coma for two weeks, he said, and had to use a colostomy bag for the next nine months. “The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live,” Perry wrote in his memoir. “I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.”

Reps for Perry did not immediately return Vanity Fair‘s request for comment.

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Paris Hilton SLAMS ‘sick’ trolling over the size of her baby son Phoenix’s head and says: ‘My angel is healthy – he just has a large brain’ | Daily Mail

 

Paris Hilton has hit back at trolls who made vile comments about the size of her baby son’s head.

The socialite, 42, who welcomed Phoenix, nine months, via surrogate, posted sweet snaps of her son’s first trip to New York City to Instagram on Friday – but the comment section was swiftly flooded with cruel remarks.

Fans also took to TikTok to condemn the rude remarks with Hilton responding to a follower who defended her and saying her son is healthy.

She wrote: ‘There are some sick people in this world. My angel is perfectly healthy.

‘And yes, of course he has been to a doctor, he just has a large brain.’

Hilton shares her son with husband Carter Reum, 42.

Mom and son: Paris Hilton has hit back at trolls who made vile comments about the size of her baby son Phoenix’s head

Comment: Fans also took to TikTok to condemn the rude remarks with Hilton responding to a follower who defended her and saying her son is healthy

The images posted by Hilton last week saw her proudly pose with her son on her lap clad in  head-to-toe Burberry fashion with a plaid top, slacks and little shoes.

This comes after Hilton reacted toSpears‘ tell-all memoir, which is due out this month.

The blonde told Extra‘s Mona Kosar Abdi she is looking forward to the Toxic singer’s highly anticipated tome which has already been leaked here and there.

And Hilton pointed out a surprising parallel in their two books; Paris shared her memoir earlier this year.

In Britney’s The Woman In Me she drops the bombshell that she had an abortion while she was dating Justin Timberlake.

Paris also revealed in her memoir that she had an abortion at 22.

Paris commented, ‘For me, it was extremely healing.

‘It’s very difficult to have to relive and remember things that you don’t want to remember, but talking about it, I think, is really important, just letting it go.

‘And also there’s so many people in the world who’ve been through similar situations so it will make them feel less alone.’

Photo: The socialite, 42, who welcomed Phoenix, nine months, via surrogate, posted sweet snaps of her son’s first trip to New York City to Instagram on Friday – but the comment section was swiftly flooded with cruel remarks

Dreamy: The perfume mogul called the only child she has with husband Carter Reum a ‘baby angel’ as she explained he was enjoying his first trip to New York City

Hilton has seen Spears ‘recently.’ Paris did not say where or when the meet up happened but said the Crossroads actress is just fine.

Hilton then talked about her own hectic world.

Paris added that a typical day in her life as ‘nonstop,’ she added, ‘I don’t think anyone has the same 24 hours in a day that I do.’

As for motherhood, Paris noted that being called a mom is her ‘favorite title of all of them.’

She emphasized, ‘Moms are superheroes. I love being a mom so much.’

Paris and husband Carter Reum went through an IVF journey that led to the birth of their son Phoenix, who was born via surrogate earlier this year.

Hilton gushed about her little man, ‘Phoenix is such an angel. He just turned 9 months old yesterday.

‘He’s getting so tall. He’s about to crawl soon, so it’s just so much fun seeing all these milestones.’

Parents: Paris is seen with husband Carter in February 2023

Paris also made sure to show some love for Carter as they are approaching their second wedding anniversary. She said, ‘Carter is so romantic. He’s always coming up with the most amazing surprises.’

Hilton delivered surprises — and bombshell revelations — in her eye-opening, tell-all memoir. Now, she is bringing that story to the small screen in an upcoming series.

Paris didn’t reveal who is playing her, saying, ‘That’s a surprise… I am so excited. I love the girl so much.’

She went on, ‘I’m just really proud of my memoir and that it touched so many people. And now to see it being turned into a TV series is pretty iconic.’

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