Perry, who was most famous for his role as Chandler Bing on 'Friends', died on Oct. 28 at the age of 54
Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, executive producers of the 2023 Emmy Awards, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Tuesday that there were discussions to have Perry's castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer reunite at Monday's ceremony.
"We had talked about it early on," Collins said. "But I can imagine, from their side, they're mourning someone who was still very close to them. I can't speak for them, but we all have to respect that they were their own family. It was probably just a little too soon."
Rouzan-Clay echoed similar sentiments, sharing that "it's still very fresh for them." Perry — who was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on Oct. 28 at age 54 — was one of many stars honored during the awards show's annual "In Memoriam" tribute.
The segment included an homage to television industry icons such as Norman Lear, Bob Barker, Paul Reubens, and Treat Williams and closed out with an image of Perry. It was backed by the vocals of Charlie Puth performing his 2015 hit, "See You Again," who then transitioned into the Friends theme song "I'll Be There for You" for its finale.
An autopsy report obtained by PEOPLE on Dec. 15 disclosed that Perry's death was caused by acute effects of ketamine. Drowning, coronary artery disease and buprenorphine effects (a medication used to treat opioid use disorder) were also listed as contributing factors in his death, which was ruled accidental.
"We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family," their statement read. "There is so much to say, but right now we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."
The statement continued, "In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."
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While Perry will forever be associated with Chandler Bing, his career in television spanned nearly five decades. Over the course of his career, the Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing author earned five Emmy nominations.
He was nominated twice for best guest actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Joe Quincy on The West Wing and for best lead actor in a comedy series for playing Chandler on Friends in 2002. In 2007, he also earned a nod for taking on the role of Ron Clark in TNT's TV movie The Ron Clark Story. Meanwhile, in 2021, his role as a producer on Friends: The Reunion landed him his final nomination.
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