MATT LEBLANC has responded after going viral on Irish Twitter following the Friends reunion show.
The 53-year-old actor, who played Joey in the smash-hit sitcom Friends, sent social media in Ireland into something of a frenzy last month, because he looked like 'everyone's Irish uncle'.
LeBlanc joined co-stars Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courntey Cox and Lisa Kudrow for Friends: The Reunion, where the cast appeared on screen together for the first time since 2004.
While fans around the world salivated at the sight of the 'band' getting back together, in Ireland everyone's attention was on LeBlanc.
With his silvered hair, his bulky frame, his frequently crossed arms, and his superb dry wit throughout, people couldn't help but point out that he looked and sounded like everyone's uncle.
Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain led the Twitter frenzy, writing: "The rest of the world should know that for the last 24 hours Irish Twitter has become OBSESSED with how much Matt Le Blanc looks like everyone's uncle/cousin.
"Read this thread to get the full sense of it. Or don't; because you won't understand the half of it."
The rest of the world should know that for the last 24 hours Irish Twitter has become OBSESSSED with how much Matt Le Blanc looks like everyone’s uncle/cousin. Read this thread to get the full sense of it. Or don’t; because you won’t understand the half of it. https://t.co/Yu5XtxMhmC
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 29, 2021
Another social media user wrote: "He looks like the Irish Uncle with a heart of gold. He's behind the times, rough round the edges, loves life, his family, his cattle and you, hugs like a bear, drinks like a fish, talks the hind legs off a donkey ..."
English actor Stephen Mangan, who is good friends with LeBlanc, said the former Top Gear host saw the funny side of the memes, even though he didn't quite understand them all.
"Some of the stuff people were coming up with was absolutely priceless," Mangan told RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy.
"I'm not sure Matt really understands what was happening, obviously he is Italian, but he saw the funny side of it. He's got a good sense of humour."