The Inbetweeners star James Buckley has boasted that the show would not have been a success without him on the cast.
The sitcom, which followed four teenage boys as they came of age, ran for three hugely-successful series on E4 and was followed up by two films.
Speaking to fans on the gaming platform Twitch, Buckley said: "I am the fucking Inbetweeners. Take a second and try and imagine that TV show without me in it? You can't, can you?
"People call me Jay. It doesn't really bother me, it isn't a billion miles away from my actual name."
Buckley went on to describe his former castmates as his "best friends, pretty much" but admitted that he has refused to watch any of their other TV projects.
"I don't watch Friday Night Dinner, I didn't watch Fresh Meat," he said. "Blake's got a new show out at the minute on ITV as well, which actually looks really good, it looks really fun. But I probably won't watch it.
"I love those guys and they're my best friends, pretty much. But if I sit there and watch Blake in a TV show, I'll just be going, 'Oh, there's Blake'.
"It's like Simon Bird in Friday Night Dinner or Joe in Fresh Meat or something. I wouldn't be able to enjoy what I was watching, because I'd just be distracted because there's some person that I know on the TV. I'm still not used to that."
The foursome reunited for a poorly-received one-off show Fwends Reunited last year, hosted by Jimmy Carr, which Buckley subsequently denounced as "me being taken the piss out of for hours on end".