John Stamos: I nearly ‘quit showbiz’ after embarrassing ‘Friends’ moment, but Matthew Perry changed my mind

John Stamos is remembering Matthew Perry with a heartwarming anecdote.

During the ninth season of “Friends,” the “Full House” alum guest starred as a prospective sperm donor for Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Perry) but had an “embarrassing” experience taping the show, which was filmed in front of a studio audience.

“Standing backstage, ready to make my entrance, Matt whispers, ‘The audience is going go crazy when they see you! Get ready for some loud screams,’” Stamos recalled on Instagram Tuesday alongside the 2003 scene in which he appeared.

“I walk through the door … silence. I was so embarrassed.”

Stamos, 60, finished the scene and started to “slither” back to his dressing room and “quit showbiz” as Perry walked over to the audience.

“’Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for John Stamos! You guys probably didn’t recognize him at first because he’s so much better looking in person!’” the “If You Would Have Told Me” memoirist remembered the “Whole Nine Yards” star telling the crowd.

John Stamos paid tribute to Matthew Perry with an anecdote about his guest appearance on “Friends.”
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The “Full House” alum explained that the late “Whole Nine Yards” star prevented him from quitting showbiz after an “embarrassing” moment.
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“I never forgot that and the world will never forget you,” he wrote.
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“I never forgot that and the world will never forget you,” he concluded.

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Perry was found dead Saturday at home in his jacuzzi. He was 54.

His family released a heartbreaking statement confirming the news, telling fans that they are “heartbroken” over his “tragic” death.

Perry was found dead at home in his jacuzzi Saturday. He was 54.
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“Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend,” they shared. “You all meant so much to him, and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner completed Perry’s autopsy Sunday, but his cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology results.

Although his “Friends” co-stars remained quiet in the initial aftermath of Perry’s death, as sources said they were “reeling” from the devastating news, they came together to release a joint statement describing their overwhelming grief.

His “Friends” co-stars released a joint statement that they were “utterly devastated.”
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“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Cox said.

“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”

The cast shared that they would “say more” when they were “able,” but “for now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”