Ben Affleck is not "chasing after" Kristen Wiig while dating "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus, despite a made-up and misleading tabloid report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this fake news. We're told it's simply not true.
The latest issue of OK! claims Affleck has been "bombarding Kristen with calls and texts," despite being in a relationship with the "SNL" alum's former colleague. But the untrustworthy magazine goes on to clarify that the actor's intentions are strictly professional. According to an alleged insider, the actor "wants to reinvent himself" as a comedian, so he's turning to Wiig for help.
The outlet's supposed source further contends that Affleck is worried about his reputation taking a hit as of late, but he believes he can get back in the public's good graces if he "lightens up." The suspicious tipster, however, says Wiig is uncomfortable with the idea of collaborating with her friend's boyfriend. "It's an awkward position for Kristen. She feels obligated to reply, but doesn't want to upset Lindsay."
The questionable insider concludes, "Ben just wants them to write something together that they can co-star in," but Wiig isn't interested. Gossip Cop, however, checked in with a rep for the former "SNL" star, who exclusively assures us that the tabloid's story is "not true at all." We're told Affleck never reached out the the actress about working on a project together.
It's possible that this narrative was concocted because Shookus helped discover Wiig by scoring her an audition on the sketch comedy show. The producer's famous boyfriend, however, isn't begging the actress to return the favor by bringing him into the comedy world. It's also worth noting, Affleck already has a number of projects lined up over the next few years.
Additionally, OK! knows very little about the movie star's relationship, so it's not too surprising that the tabloid doesn't know much about his career either. Gossip Cop recently busted the publication for wrongly reporting that Affleck and Shookus had split over his alleged commitment issues. Prior to that fabrication, the unreliable outlet had claimed the "SNL" producer was pregnant with the actor's baby.
Affleck has hosted "SNL" a total of five times, so he clearly enjoys letting loose on occasion. However, the actor's big-screen resume mostly consists of dramas and thrillers. Regardless, he's not "chasing after" Wiig or desperate to reinvent himself as a comedic actor. This is simply a non-story.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.