When asked about Ricky’s ruthless joke, Ben surprisingly laughed — and even admitted that he kind of deserved it! “It’s the way Ricky Gervais perceives me, I suppose,” Ben told the New York Times. “Whatever. I’ve had jokes made at my expense before. It’s part of the deal.”
Whoa, that’s definitely not the reaction we were anticipating! In case you missed Ricky’s shade, he referenced Ben’s cheating while introducing Matt Damon. “He’s also the only person that Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to,” Ricky quipped. Considering the drama that Ben caused his family when he allegedly cheated with the nanny, Christine Ouzounian, that’s a pretty personal shot for Ricky to take at Ben. All the more reason we’re shocked he’s not totally furious!
But perhaps part of the reason Ben was so calm in responding to Ricky’s diss is because he knows it’s actually irrelevant. Jen did a tell-all of her own with Vanity Fair just after the Globes, revealing that Ben’s affair with the nanny happened while Jen and Ben were already separated — which means he technically wasn’t unfaithful. In fact, Jen also admitted that she found Ricky’s joke funny!
“I laughed,” she told the mag. “People have pain — they do regrettable things, they feel shame, and shame equals pain. No one needs to hate [Ben] for me. I don’t hate him. Certainly we don’t have to beat the guy up.”
It certainly sounds like Jennifer isn’t holding any grudges with Ben, so with no hard feelings, we suppose it’s not so surprising to hear that Ben can laugh off Ricky’s shade. He also told the NYT that although he and Jen are still legally separated, they’re on “great terms.” So take all the shots you want, Ricky…Ben isn’t going to be phased!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Ben’s reaction to Ricky’s diss? Were you surprised he wasn’t upset? Tell us below!