Matthew Perry53, revealed the true salaries of he and his Friends co-stars made over the years, in his new memoir, Friends, lovers and the big terrible thing, which was released on Tuesday. The actor, who played Chandler for ten years on the popular sitcom, which began in 1994, claimed to have earned $22,500 for the pilot episode and that rose to more than $1 million per episode for the cast by the end of the series, according to Variety. He also reportedly claimed that his former co-star, David Schwimmeris the one who helped with the increase by not asking for more money for himself.
“It was a decision that turned out to be extremely profitable. David was definitely in a position to go for the most money, and he didn’t,” Matthew wrote, the outlet reported. “I’d like to think that I would have made the same move, but as a greedy twenty-five-year-old, I’m not sure I would have. But his decision served to let us take care of each other through what turned out to be a lot of stressful networking negotiations, and that gave us a tremendous amount of strength.”
“By season eight, we were making a million dollars an episode; by season ten we made even more,” he continued. “We made $1,100,040 per episode and we asked to do fewer episodes. Morons, all of us. We had David’s goodness and his sharp business sense to thank for what we were offered.”
“I owe you about $30 million, David. (We were still idiots),” he cheekily added. Matthew also reportedly talked about the salaries he made for some of his films. They included $1 million for the romantic comedy, Fools storm inand $2 million for the 1998 comedy, Almost heroes.
He also reportedly touched on some of the offers he received for other television shows. Apparently he was initially Offered $50,000 per episode for his role in the 2006 series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, but his team was able to raise his rate to $175,000. Apparently he also made his known Friends co-star, Matt LeBlanc made $600,000 per episode for the Friends spinoff series, Joey.
Other subjects Matthew is said to go into detail in his book include his years-long struggle with drugs and alcohol, a drunken sex failure as a teenager, and how he once allegedly “beat up” the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a child after his mother started working for Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, who was the Prime Minister of Canada at the time. On the day of the release, Matthew took to Instagram to share a video about the book, revealing in the caption how “excited” he was for people to read it.
“Today is the day! #FriendsLoversBook is finally here. I’m so excited to finally be able to share my story with you! It’s been a meaningful experience for me and I hope you find meaning in it too. Go to the link in my bio to buy a copy today,” the caption reads.