Blasting actor Ben Affleck after his interview with radio shock jock Howard Stern in which Affleck linked his marriage to ex-wife Jennifer Garner regarding his drinking problems, Piers Morgan snapped that Affleck’s comments were a “self-indulgent orgy” that were “cruelly unfair” from “a supremely narcissistic 49-year-old man.” Morgan also called Affleck a “stinking deadbeat drunken husband and father.”
“We probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats,” Affleck told Stern, according to PageSix. “I probably still would’ve been drinking. … Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped.”
Affleck later told Jimmy Kimmel that the quotes of him on social media from the interview “made it seem as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I said. … I had gone on and said how much we respect each other and cared about each other and cared about our kids and put them first and went through our stuff.” He said it sounded as if he had “blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism and that I was trapped in this marriage… just made me out to be like the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy,” E News reported. He added, “That’s not true. I don’t believe that. It’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe and I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom… it hurts my feelings.”
Morgan opined in The Daily Mail, “It must have been hard enough for Garner, an intelligent, beautiful and hugely talented woman, to have to endure her ex so publicly parading around with Jennifer Lopez in ever more cringe-making PDAs since they rekindled their romance. But when you consider the fact that Affleck was engaged to J-Lo right before he got together with, and then swiftly married Garner, then you can probably double the level of hurt she must feel having her nose now so brutally rubbed in it by the father of her three children.”
Morgan noted that Affleck and Lopez had broken off their engagement in 2003 just prior to the wedding, claiming “excessive media attention.” He continued, “Now they can’t enough of it – slobbering over each like love-sick puppies whenever there’s a camera within range.”
Turning to Affleck’s whining that his marriage to Garner left him feeling trapped, Morgan declared, “There’s one basic rule of any marriage break-up where kids are involved and it’s this: don’t trash their mum or dad in public. Whatever’s gone down in a shattered relationship, it’s hardly ever the fault of innocent children caught in the crossfire, and it’s their welfare that should always be the top priority.”
Morgan wrote that he and his ex-wife, who had three sons together, had never slammed each other publicly and had remained good friends.
“This is particularly important when either or both parties have a public profile and the gory details of any divorce battle may get splattered across newspaper front pages or TV celebrity news shows, because once they’re in the public domain – and many things said in divorce litigation are wildly exaggerated or even plain untrue – there’s a 100% guarantee that your kids will one day read it all and inevitably suffer added upset and damage,” he explained, then fired, “So, what the hell was Ben Affleck thinking when he sat down with Howard Stern and decided to humiliate Jennifer Garner in the unkindest possible manner?”
“In a self-indulgent orgy of deeply personal revelation from the man who supposedly hates media attention, Affleck effectively blamed his ex-wife for the alcoholism he experienced during their marriage,” he wrote.
“Really, Ben?” Morgan asked rhetorically. “That’s why you got blind drunk every night? It was all Jennifer’s fault for trapping you?”
“This excuse might have carried marginally more credence if Affleck hadn’t been a notorious hell-raising drinker for many years before he ever met Garner,” Morgan recalled off the wagon, and pointed out that when Affleck emerged from rehab in 2017, he wrote, “I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”
“Ben Affleck did what he’s done throughout his life – he blamed someone else for his own behavior,” Morgan stated. “And in blaming Jennifer Garner, he ensured their kids will now read lurid headlines that suggest this may have been the real reason why he was such a stinking deadbeat drunken husband and father for so long. The truth is that Affleck had a massive drink problem before he met their mum, while he was with her, and after he left her.”
He concluded, “Even by Hollywood standards, this is astonishingly selfish and self-centered conduct, but hardly surprising from a supremely narcissistic 49-year-old man who recently inked a ludicrous gigantic tattoo of a rising phoenix all over his back in a clear sign that he’s having a pitiful mid-life crisis. It’s also a sign that Ben Affleck’s had one great love of his life and it’s neither of the Jennifers… It’s himself.”