Editors at Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper reported the star plunged into a "dark time" as he gave up on acting and retreated from the spotlight following the cancellation of the comedy show in 2006.

"For years and years, I barely left the house," he reportedly told the tabloid. "I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere.

"I was in a position to do that. My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, 'What's going on?' I'd call mine and say, 'Please lose my number for a few years'. It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown."

The article went on to suggest LeBlanc retreated to his cattle ranch in California after his marriage to British model Melissa MCKnight crumbled. The couple split in 2006.

The 48-year-old is now slamming the editors behind the article, insisting he never came close to suffering a nervous breakdown and never spoke with the publication.

"Hey, to clarify, I never had a nervous breakdown, nor did I do an interview with the Mirror in the UK," he writes on Twitter.com. "So don't believe the hype. But thanks."