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Drea De Matteo Blames 'Joey' for Career Hiatus

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May 26, 2008 | 6:56am EDT

Actress Drea De Matteo reportedly blames her role in cancelled sitcom Joey for ruining her career.

The former Sopranos star signed up to play Matt LeBlanc's sister on the NBC show, after he continued his famed Friends character for the spinoff following the conclusion of the original hit series in 2004.

But the program failed to win over Friends fans, and was cancelled by the network in 2006 after only two seasons.

And according to New York gossip column Page Six, De Matteo regrets accepting a part in the doomed series--admitting she has been out of work since the show ended.

A source tells the publication, "She was saying Joey completely ruined her career. She called it horrible and said she hasn't been able to really work since then.

"She said she's really been out of the business and is trying to get back in."

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