On Tuesday, someone from Mirror.co.uk ran into Matt LeBlanc at the Hed Kandi’s London Fashion Week party at Maddox in London.
It seems this person was intent on pissing off LeBlanc by repeatedly calling him "Joey," the character Matt LeBlanc played on the television series Friends some time ago.
But as the gossip hound wrote up the story, you would think they were the victim and that Matt was abusive and brash for no reason at all.
Here is their write-up:
Saturdays star Mollie King was one of the celebs enjoying Hed Kandi’s London Fashion Week party at Maddox on Tuesday. She watched in horror as Matt, 43, kicked off at us.
Earlier he clumsily knocked into our table, sending glasses flying.
So, of course, we asked: “You all right, Joey? How YOU do-in?” But Matt raged back: “I’m not Joey. Don’t you dare call me Joey. The papers say I’m finished, so don’t call me f***ing Joey. I want to leave that all behind. I’m moving on.”
Mulling this over we replied: “OK, Joey, if that’s how you feel. But what are you doing? Let’s be honest, Joey, that’s who everyone knows you as.”
But Matt, who also tried his hand at DJing on the night to mark Hed Kandi’s new World Series album and fashion launch, wasn’t amused.
He yelled: “I’m not Joey. For the last time. I’m not f***ing Joey. It’s Matt. Matt LeBlanc. Joey’s in the past. I’m trying to do something new.”
Us: “Like what, Joey?”
Joey: “I’m gonna do comedy. Working with the Friends producers to do comedy in England. And it’s got nothing to do with Joey before you ask.”
He then took a swig from his glass, on a table loaded with vodka, mixers and champagne. He didn’t offer us any, but hey, Joey doesn’t share food.. or drinks. At this point his aide dragged him away..
It’s not the first time Joey has got trashed in a London club. He was the talk of Mahiki last June. Our spy said: “Matt told everyone he was going to have a relatively quiet night. But when the first drink went down.. he changed his tune.”
My opinion? Whoever wrote this is a d*ck. They were pissed that Matt didn’t like being called Joey the first time (so much for a friendly interview), so they obviously decided to take the douchebag route and try and get a reaction out of him instead. And it worked. However, I still think they are greatly exaggerating this story.
I doubt that Matt said, “The papers say I’m finished!” That line almost had me laughing out loud. And his table was “loaded with vodka”? I’m sure his table was occupied by more than just himself and ohmahgosh, they may have even been drinking! *Gasp!*
Come on now, Mr. Bitter Man from the Mirror, this story is trash. Maybe next time if you approach a celebrity like a calm, collected professional, you might get to ask a few questions and maybe get a few answers in return. But acting like an obnoxious, spoiled six-year old pointing and laughing at people is surely not conducive to your job – nor are your childish write-ups of such events.
Who let you into this venue anyway?