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Matthew Perry

I'll NEVER Bury the Hatchet

with Peter Hitchens

12/20/2013 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matthew Perry is engaged in a war with a British journalist ... a war that has no end in sight -- and it's all over how the U.K. treats drug and alcohol addicts.

Perry was at LAX yesterday when we brought up his fiery exchange with Peter Hitchens on BBC's "Newsnight" ... in which Hitchens (who believes in stronger punishments for drug users) argued that addiction is nothing more than a "fantasy."

During the show, Hitchens went off on Perry and another guest ... saying, "Well you two believe in this fantasy of addiction, a complete fantasy, in which people lose all power over themselves and become victims of this terrible, frightening disease after which they cannot stop taking drugs. If you really believe that then you would presumably think that the best thing would be they never ever come in contact with those drugs."

Perry was furious ... calling his comments "ludicrous" and explaining, “I'm a drug addict. I'm a person that, if I have a drink, I can't stop. And so it would be following your ideology that I'm choosing to do that.”

Hitchens agreed.

Now that a few days have passed and the two have had a chance to cool down, we asked Perry if there was a chance they could ever be friends.

Perry made it clear ... Hitchens shouldn't ever expect a Christmas card.

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46.

Jay    

Perry should not offer AA theory as sound scientific proof of the physical craving and mental obsession. It's anecdotal. As a member of AA, I would have preferred to hear him say that others are entitled to their opinions and theories, but what works for him is this very specific idea of powerlessness. It works for me too, and millions others. That people outside AA might see it as silly, or weakness-- it really doesn't matter. It's none of my business.

273 days ago
47.

Willie    

While discussing being homeless, depressed and abusing drugs and alcohol, Joe Manganiello said in an interview with Splash Magazine: “At the beginning, it was just about not using. The alcohol was not my problem – the alcohol was my SOLUTION to the way that I’d FELT my whole life. My problem was me. My problem was reality.”
Perhaps Mr. Perry should pay attention to those words. It appears that several rehab stints have not touched on the subject of HE being the problem.

273 days ago
48.

Debora Keisman    

That journalist is a jackass. After all the publications and all the studies in addiction, how can he still think like that, Matthew Perry kick his ass, please

272 days ago
49.

George    

I don't know how you can argue against something when you have never experienced it. Clearly Hitchens hasn't experienced addiction

272 days ago
50.

WatcherOne    

Interesting. Peter's famous older brother, Christopher, was a heavy smoker and drinker...up until he died of oesophageal cancer. . Somehow, Christopher was much more intriguing.

272 days ago
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