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The cast of "Saturday Night Live" is not taking sides in Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus' split, despite a made-up report. Gossip Cop can debunk the bogus story. We've learned it's completely fabricated.

According to RadarOnline, the supposedly "nasty" breakup between the "SNL" producer and movie star has forced the show's cast to choose between them. The unreliable blog says, "Surprisingly they picked Lindsay." Even if this premise were true, which it isn't, why would that be surprising? It seems perfectly reasonable that the cast would side with a close co-worker who they've known for years.

The site then quotes a supposed source as saying, "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." The questionable insider further alleges that Affleck was "not a good guy to Lindsay" during their relationship, which is one of the reasons the cast has her back. "Being friends with her in the long run is healthier," adds the supposed tipster.

The blog's article is based on complete inaccuracies. When it was revealed last month that Affleck and Shookus had split, E! News noted that the two "are still very amicable and have stayed friends." People, another reliable outlet, similarly reported that Affleck and Shookus "truly cared for each other and tried to make it work," but living on different coasts proved too difficult.

The "SNL" cast isn't being forced to choose sides between two people who aren't at odds. Additionally, there's nothing to indicate that Affleck is close friends with anyone on the cast, so it's not entirely clear what the outlet even means by "taking sides." The movie star has hosted the sketch show five times, but it's not as if he's been spotted hanging out with any of the current cast members.

Despite the blog's story being illogical in several different ways, Gossip Cop still checked in with a reliable "SNL" source, who tells us it's simply "not true." Shookus' split from Affleck has nothing to do with the show or its cast members, who the site is dragging into the narrative for no reason.

It's worth noting, this isn't the first time Gossip Cop has had to call out RadarOnline for a similar type of story. Last year, we busted the blog for falsely claiming that the cast and crew of "SNL" disliked Affleck and were overheard slamming him at the Emmy Awards. This latest article surrounding the movie star, his ex-girlfriend and the comedy show is more nonsense.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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