Star debuts 22kg weight loss
TV personality and comedian Ross Mathews has had a stunning transformation.
The 41-year-old debuted a 22kg weight loss on his Instagram this week, updating his fans on the journey he has been on with his health.
"Breaking the pattern," Mathews wrote. "50lbs [22 kgs] down today from my height in early June when I decided to reclaim my health after my mom died (70lbs [31 kgs] down from my all-time).
"I will always be a work in progress," he added. "I may mess up again. I dunno. All I know is that I'm very grateful. And very happy. On we go …"
The star has been open about his weight loss journey for many years.
In 2010, Mathews was around 99 kgs and decided to join Jenny Craig after an eye-opening interview with Gwenyth Paltrow.
During the taping, the actress "pointed at my tummy and said, 'What's going on here? I love you. Get it together,'" he told People in 2011.
However Mathews struggled to keep the weight off, earlier this year joking to Columbus Dispatch that, "I'm a weight Detective: 'If I lose it, I can always find it."
In his post on Sunday, the comedian stated that it was after his mother passed away when he first decided to "reclaim" his health.
Mathews' mother died in May this year, with the star posting a touching tribute to Instagram at the time.
He wrote: "I can't imagine a world without her … She was my audience of one, my head cheerleader, my VIP. And now she's gone, taken before any of us were ready."
"I hope - no, I know - that her spirit lives within me and I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was, as kind as she was and authentic as she was."
Mathews, who first found fame as "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, had written a book about his experiences with Hollywood celebrities, Name Drop.
In it, he has detailed covering the red carpet for a 2002 party celebrating The Tonight Show's 75th birthday.
Some of the Friends cast were there and as Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry approached him, Mathews wrote he squealed, "It is so good to meet you! I'm Ross!"
LeBlanc quickly replied, "No you're not, he's over there," motioning to his Friends co-star David Schwimmer, who played the character Ross on the show.
"'Oh yeah, the other Ross,' I replied, jokingly rolling my eyes," Mathews, who is now a RuPaul Drag Race judge wrote. "That didn't go over well. Immediately the mood changed. Matthew Perry began staring into the camera blankly as Matt LeBlanc asked, 'How did you get this gig?'"
Mathews nervously answered, "I slept my way to the top" while Perry continued to deadpan towards the camera.
You can watch the uncomfortable interview in full below:
"Matt LeBlanc pointed to me, then looked into the camera, and said, 'Jay, are you kidding? Are you kidding, Jay?'" Mathews recalls. "Matthew Perry joined in, addressing the camera and asking, 'What's the call here, Jay?'"
Fifteen years later, Mathews was on the red carpet covering the SAG Awards for E! when LeBlanc, 52, approached him and said, "I don't know if you even remember this, but years ago you interviewed me on a red carpet and I was really rude to you. It's bugged me ever since and I've always wanted to apologise to you. It wasn't cool of me to do that to you. I'm sorry.'"
Mathews appreciated the star's gracious apology but cheekily noted that Perry, 50, has yet to apologise.
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