"I was told that [he] went into the writers and said the audience would never forgive him for cheating on Monica, which he was probably right," said actress Lisa Cash, who appeared in the season 5 episode 'The One in Vegas: Part 1'
“The One Where Chandler Cheated” — that’s almost how one Friend’s episode went.
Actress Lisa Cash, who appeared in the show’s season 5 episode "The One in Vegas: Part 1," revealed that she was originally a part of a storyline where Matthew Perry’s character Chandler Bing cheated on Courteney Cox’s Monica Geller. But the plotline was ultimately axed because Perry spoke up.
“Basically, the scene was Chandler and Monica were arguing in [Las] Vegas … Chandler goes up to the hotel room, orders room service and I bring it up as a hotel worker,” Cash told TMZ. “And we end up talking, laughing and connecting and Chandler ends up cheating on Monica with my character.”
Cash said they had “rehearsed it and everything.” But the day before they were scheduled to shoot in front of a live audience, Perry asked to have the storyline changed.
“I was told that [he] went into the writers and said the audience would never forgive him for cheating on Monica, which he was probably right,” Cash explained. “That would have changed possibly the course of the show and his character.”
Cash said since the storyline was changed, she was instead featured in the same episode as a flight attendant on Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross Geller’s (David Schwimmer) flight. However, she recalled how “neat” it was to get to work with Perry one-on-one.
“I was coming in, and I was new to the industry. And it could have been really intimidating for me to have… a scene with Matthew Perry, but I felt so comfortable,” she noted.
“He was really likable and welcoming and just made me feel at ease, and it's fun you know,” she added. “It was really fun doing the scene with him and it was easy doing the scene with him.”
Perry was found dead at his Los Angeles-area home on Oct. 28 at age 54. Sources told TMZ that first responders were called to the residence for cardiac arrest, and no illicit drugs were found at the scene.
In addition, the outlet obtained 911 dispatch audio in which "drowning" is referenced.
In the wake of his passing, his Friends costars — Aniston, Cox, Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc — reacted to the news in a PEOPLE exclusive statement, saying, "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."
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Kauffman and Crane, as well as executive producer Kevin Bright, also issued a joint statement. “We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing,” they wrote. “It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent.”
Kaufman, Crane and Bright's statement concluded, “We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment — not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart."
PEOPLE confirmed that Perry was laid to rest on Nov. 3 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles near Warner Bros. Studios. All five of his Friends costars were in attendance for the service, occurring nearly one week after his passing.
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