The book deal reportedly struck the "mid-seven figure range". Flatiron Books snapped it up right before it was about to go to auction.

Perry, 52, played Chandler Bing in the incredibly popular sitcom. He battled addiction problems which troubled him throughout his television career.

At times, his addiction was so bad that he has stated he "doesn't remember" the last three seasons of 'Friends'. In an interview some years back he said "a little bit of the time, I was a little out of it, yeah".

Perry was last seen in the 'Friends' reunion earlier this year. He underwent emergency dental surgery on the day of the shoot, leading to some speculation about his slurred speech.

The team working on the show were quick to defend Perry. Executive producer Kevin Bright stated: "He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited about going forward."

Flatiron said that it is "the book that Friends fans have been waiting for, but will also shed a powerful light for anyone who is in their own battle for themselves or a loved one"

"We need humour, we need catharsis, and we need to agree on something – and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his inimitable voice, is that thing."

The book will be published in the Autumn of 2022.