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Kevin Brennan, a former Saturday Night Live writer, has shrugged off criticism of jokes he made about the death of Friends star Matthew Perry.
Soon after TMZ reported on Perry’s passing on Saturday, Brennan posted on X (fka Twitter): “DROWNED IN A HOT TUB. HAHAHAHA.”
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DROWNED IN A HOT TUB. HAHAHAHA
Friends' Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54 After Apparent Drowning https://t.co/fSA7d7hZ2f
— The MLC Podcast (@mlcpodcast) October 29, 2023
In another message he remarked on Perry’s well-documented history of abusing alcohol and prescription drugs, saying: “I do love it when junkies die.”
The host of The Misery Loves Company Podcast faced a backlash from X users over the remarks, with one person describing him as a “ghoul.”
Brennan, who worked on SNL between 1999 and 2000, appeared unperturbed by the anger. “Why is drowning in a hot tub funny,” asked one user, to which he replied: “Because it’s not very deep.”
By Monday, he appeared to be reveling in the publicity he had received over his remarks, posting a number of news stories based on his social media posts.
“Am I trending yet?” he asked, before linking to a New York Post article with the message: “I’m going to consider retirement. This is the pinnacle. Too many people to thank.”
Perry, one of the stars of the long-running television hit Friends, died October 28 from an apparent drowning in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home in the Pacific Palisades. He was 54.
An autopsy has been completed on the actor, but it is inconclusive pending toxicology tests, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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