Search icon


20th Feb 2018

Matt LeBlanc Denies Claims That Friends Is ‘Homophobic’

Megan Cassidy

Matt LeBlanc says he ‘disagrees’ with claims that Friends contains homophobic themes. 

Matt starred as Joey Tribbiani in the massively popular series, which was recently added to Netflix. 

However some new viewers argued that the series, which follows the antics of five friends in New York, doesn’t age well and is actually ‘homophobic.’ 

Speaking to the BBC, the Top Gear presenter scoffed at the ciaims. He said: 

“I’ve heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don’t want to get into that. I disagree with all that,”

“On Top Gear, we tend to steer clear of any sort of political content, nothing too topical.

“On Friends, we steered clear of that kind of thing too. Friends was about themes that stand the test of time – trust, love, relationships, betrayal, family and things like that.”

Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 and featured one of the first lesbian couples on sitcom television. 

The show has come under scrutiny recently for poor racial and gender representation – with the five main characters all white and straight. 

While the show does feature characters who are members of the trans and LGBTQ communities, viewers reckoned these characters were ‘stereotypes’ and not an accurate representation. 

On this week’s episode of Before Brunch we chat murder as entertainment, SJP vs Kim Cattrall, and Jennifer Aniston’s crafty media manipulation! Subscribe here.