The lesson we are learning from Ross Mathews‘ new book Name Drop (out YESTERDAY), is that Mathews NEVER forgets a celebrity slight, and he WILL call you out at the drop of a hat. And good for him!
Last week, we heard about Barbara Walters getting snippy with him backstage at the view.
Today, we’re hearing about the time he was covering the red carpet for NBC’s 75th Anniversary Party for The Tonight Show (where Mathews famously got his start as “Ross the Intern” back in 2002).
via Page Six:
LeBlanc quickly replied, “No you’re not, he’s over there” motioning to his “Friends” co-star David Schwimmer, who played the character Ross on the show.
“‘Oh yeah, the other Ross,’ I replied, jokingly rolling my eyes,” the “RuPaul Drag Race” judge writes. “That didn’t go over well. Immediately the mood changed. Matthew Perry began staring into the camera blankly as Matt LeBlanc asked, ‘How did you get this gig?’”
Mathews nervously answered, “I slept my way to the top” while Perry continued to deadpan towards the camera.
“Matt LeBlanc pointed to me, then looked into the camera, and said, ‘Jay, are you kidding? Are you kidding, Jay?’” Mathews recalls. “Matthew Perry joined in, addressing the camera and asking, ‘What’s the call here, Jay?’”
The story has a somewhat happy ending though.
Ross sports that 15 years later, LeBlanc approached him on the SAG Awards red carpet and apologized for his nastiness.
“I don’t know if you even remember this, but years ago you interviewed me on a red carpet and I was really rude to you. It’s bugged me ever since and I’ve always wanted to apologize to you. It wasn’t cool of me to do that to you. I’m sorry.’”
Mathews accepted LeBlanc’s apology but notes that Perry has yet to apologize.
Get your copy of Name Drop here.