Matt LeBlanc turned down Modern Family

NBC blockbuster: The star was going through a quiet spell in his career at the time after playing Joey in Friends from 1994 to 2004 and in spin-off Joey  from 2004 to 2006

On another Earth in a parallel universe, Matt LeBlanc is playing goofy dad Phil Dunphy on Modern Family.

"I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, (but) I'm not the guy for this". Despite his absence from Modern Family, LeBlanc has managed to keep in touch (and have a bit of fun with) the cast.

"I'd be doing the project an injustice to take this".

Matt LeBlanc might be best-known for playing ditzy dreamboat Joey on Friends and successful Showtime comedy Episodes, but the funnyman recently revealed that he nearly went down a different path - one that would have seen him lead the Dunphys on hit ABC comedy Modern Family. Pictured: The "Joey" actor arriving at a party for the final season of Showtime Networks "Episodes" at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles on August 15, 2017.

He told USA Today that he was actually approached by producers to star as Phil on the show but ended up turning the role down because he felt it had been written with someone else in mind.

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Equally, LeBlanc has had success in both the sitcom Episodes and also as a host of Top Gear. LeBlanc laughs: "Hey, I killed it as Mitch today at the table read, thanks for the opportunity!"

Matt LeBlanc and Ty Burrell.

The show, which is a co-production between US and United Kingdom networks and also stars British actors and writers Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, is a behind-the-scenes look at how a television show comes together.

Things seem to have worked out in everyone's favor as LeBlanc went on to star in the series "Episodes", where he plays an exaggerated version of himself in an even more exaggerated show business setting. Crane is also the co-creator of "Friends". There will be seven episodes only.


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