JOEY star MATT LeBLANC is hurt by the media's criticism of his recent weight gain - insisting he can't help piling on the pounds, because he's a 36-year-old Italian.

The actor is currently dieting to stop the hurtful comments about his appearance, but the combination of his slowing metabolism and Italian passion for food are making it difficult.

He complains, "It hurts when people have a go at your appearance.

"But then I'm a 36-year-old Italian, what do they expect me to look like?"

27/05/2005 14:02