Is the cast of "Saturday Night Live" annoyed with Ben Affleck because he keeps giving them tips to improve the show? That's the claim in one of this week's new tabloids, which says the actor integrates himself in the production whenever he's backstage visiting his girlfriend, "SNL" producer Lindsay Shookus. Gossip Cop, however, can set the record straight.

"'SNL' Cast Done With Buttinsky Ben" reads a headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer. The accompanying article quotes a so-called "insider" as saying, "Ben is a writer and an actor and a producer. He knows what works and what doesn't. It is not realistic to expect him not to share his opinions with his girlfriend." The outlet's dubious source adds, "Ben needs to butt out. The show is better than ever, and that's no thanks to Ben. He might think he's being helpful, but really he's just being annoying."

Of course, Affleck has a busy career of his own, so it's unlikely he'd spend his down time trying to polish up a sketch comedy series that has a team of writers. Despite how improbable this all sounds, Gossip Cop still checked in with a longtime friend involved in the production of the NBC show, and we're exclusively assured on background that the tabloid's report is simply "not true." Affleck's camp also says it's wrong. It appears the Enquirer may have been inspired to concoct this phony article simply because Affleck does often hang out backstage at "SNL" and attends the show's after parties. The scenario the tabloid manufactured, however, isn't accurate.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've had to debunk a bogus story alleging the actor has a tense relationship with the iconic series. Gossip Cop recently busted the Enquirer's sister outlet, RadarOnline, for falsely claiming Shookus' "SNL" friends don't like Affleck because he constantly tries to be funny in front of them. And last month, we called out the Enquirer for wrongly reporting Shookus was pregnant with Affleck's baby. There was no truth to either of those articles, and this latest one is equally untrue.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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