Before Ben Affleck entered rehab late last month, he ended his one-year relationship with Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus. And, a new report claims that the cast and crew of the long-running sketch comedy show have taken sides in the split.
Rob Shuter recently revealed on his podcast, Straight Shuter Naughty But Nice, that Shookus’ co-workers have chosen to be on Team Lindsay because “Ben didn’t treat Lindsay so great.”
Shookus is moving on after the breakup, and Shuter says she is back in New York and getting ready for the Saturday Night Live premiere later this month. However, if you think that Affleck — a five-time host — will be coming back to the show anytime soon, think again.
Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Reportedly Split, As Source Says He Was 'Never Fully Committed' https://t.co/DmQ2FxUaj9
— People (@people) August 20, 2018
“Let’s just say it is going to be a very long time before you see Ben back hosting on SNL or attending any parties,” said Shuter. “They are like family on that show, if you mess with one of them you mess with all of them. Can you be friends or neutral when this happens between friends of yours?”
Shutter added that the SNL cast members sided with Shookus because Affleck was “not a good guy” to her, and he was drinking again and a complete mess. He says that Shookus is a smart girl, and just being friends is a healthier option in the long run.
Cameras recently caught the 38-year-old producer stepping out for the first time after her and Affleck’s split, and she strolled through Central Park for a workout. She wore a red SoulCycle tank top with the words “Ride and Shine,” plus black leggings and gray Nike’s.
According to People Magazine, Shookus and Affleck split because she could no longer handle his addiction problem. Sources say that she had been supporting his sobriety and attending meetings with him. Plus, they were doing meditation together. Affleck’s recovery was important to Shookus, and it was incredibly difficult for her to break up with him. But, it got to the point where she knew things were not going to get better, and it was time for her to step aside.
Shookus did make an attempt to stay close to Affleck and keep him on the right path because she wants him to be happy and healthy. However, she eventually realized that he needed to hit rock bottom.
Lindsay Shookus deletes her Instagram after boyfriend Ben Affleck is spotted with a Playboy model https://t.co/BVfOArKUgG
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 20, 2018
The choice for her was difficult, but it was the right one.
Sources have also said that they called it quits because of the distance between them (Affleck just bought a home in Los Angeles, and Shookus lives in New York City), but their split was amicable.
Just days after the breakup, cameras caught Affleck with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton before his ex-wife Jennifer Garner drove him to a Malibu treatment center. This is Ben Affleck’s third time in rehab. The first was back in 2001, and then in March 2017, he announced that he had completed a second stint for alcohol addiction.
The new season of Saturday Night Live premieres on September 29th.