May 12, 2011 / 11:48 PM / 8 years ago

Matthew Perry to take break to "focus on sobriety"

Actor Matthew Perry arrives for the U.S. premiere of the film "The Invention Of Lying" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry said on Thursday he is taking a break from show business to focus on his sobriety.

“I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery,” Perry told celebrity news website TMZ.

Perry’s publicist said the actor was going away but said he is not currently in rehab.

Perry’s decision follows a disappointing reception for his new TV comedy “Mr. Sunshine”. The 41 year-old actor starred, created and co-produced the show, which made its debut in February but is thought to be at risk of cancellation after low ratings.

Perry made two trips to rehab for addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers during the 10-year run of “Friends” , on which he played wise-cracking Chandler Bing.

Unlike some of his “Friends” co-stars, Perry has had limited luck in his career since the end of the comedy series in 2004. His last major network TV series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” was canceled in 2007 because of poor ratings.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant

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