Matt LeBlanc is best known for his role as Joey Tribianni on NBC’s Friends. Following the show’s ending, LeBlanc even picked up a spinoff as his famous character titled Joey. Both shows earned the actor Golden Globe nominations, though he never managed to pick up an award. This past year, LeBlanc returned to TV playing himself on Showtime’s Episodes. The actor was surprised when his name was called as winner for Lead in a TV musical or comedy.
As he made his way to the stage you could tell that he was not expecting the award, especially when he stumbled his way through an acceptance speech. “I thought, ’Did I just hear that right?’,” he told PEOPLE. “I didn’t see it coming at all.” He told the crowd that he wishes the real Matt LeBlanc was as exciting as the one he plays. One could guess he’s a bit shy and reserved when he’s not in character, which is surprising considering the goofball character he’s known for.
Though LeBlanc took home the trophy, he notes that the writers, David Crain and Jeffrey Klaric, are the ones who are really responsible for the nomination and win. “There’s no fat on it,” he told Access Hollywood about the script. “It’s so streamlined and good and jokes drive the story and develop the character. It’s just really, really well drafted.”
If his speech was heartfelt and modest enough, what’s the first thing LeBlanc wanted to do after winning? Show his award to his mom! “I can’t wait to see my mom and give her a big hug,” he shared. It’s probably fair to say she’s one proud mama! Congrats to Matt LeBlanc on his well deserved win!