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Terrible Jennifer Garner insult: Ben Affleck’s cruelty knows no bound

Ben Affleck attributed his drinking problem to being married to Jennifer Garner.
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Ben Affleck attributed his drinking problem to being married to Jennifer Garner.
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This is the thanks Jennifer Garner gets?

Following saving ex-husband Ben Affleck — who can ever forget that extremely angry Jack-in-the-Box-en-route-to-rehab paparazzi shot? — Affleck says that he

probably still would’ve been drinking”

had he remained married to her.

The mother of his three children. Wow.

No, not sufficient that Affleck’s organizing a very smug, public romance with ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez, making Garner look like the runner-up and Lopez the One Who Got Away.

Nor was it adequate that Affleck disgraced then-wife Garner after he eventually won his Oscar for “Argo” — an Oscar he won mostly because she cleaned up his image from dissipated gambler, drunk, and womanizer into conducive family man — by declaring to the world, in his acceptance speech, that marriage to Garner was

“work.”

This is the barbaric post-divorce discussion since Brad Pitt blamed ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, in Parade magazine, for his deep sadness and following affair with Angelina Jolie.

“It became very clear to me that … I wasn’t living an interesting life myself,”

Pitt said in 2011.

“I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”

Ben Affleck won an Oscar — and told the world that his marriage to Jennifer Garner was “work.”
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Jennifer Garner reacts during Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech.
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As Nora Ephron once said: Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.

Here’s Affleck on Tuesday’s Howard Stern show:

“Part of why I started drinking was that I was trapped,” he said.
“I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ ”

Yes, Affleck couldn’t leave because of his children, whose mother — and, yes, by addition, his children — he continues to embarrass.

Affleck and Garner’s kids are 16, 12 and 9 years old. They have so far suffered through their father’s gambling and drinking, the nanny, Shook-us, the back tattoo.

Yet these unsympathetic comments might be the worst yet.

Exactly when you think celebrities can’t get more out of touch, they do. Ben Affleck, out advancing his awards-bait movie “The Tender Bar,” intelligibly thinks he’s running a great Oscar campaign. One of his talking points is how great a dad he is!

“The most important thing is being a good father,”

he not long ago told the Wall Street Journal.

“I think the most important literal or metaphorical autobiography anybody could ever write is written on the hearts of their children.”

Here’s Affleck, days later, to Stern, on his marriage driving him to drink:

“[I] drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution … We had a marriage that didn’t work. This happens. She’s somebody I love and respect, but to whom I shouldn’t be married any longer.”

This is all so mean, cold and unnecessary — particularly since Garner has been so open concerning how seriously she wanted their marriage to work and how anguished she was by its death.

“He’s the love of my life,”

she told Vanity Fair in 2015, one year after their split.

“What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic … I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

That’s one way of putting it.

Ben Affleck says that he “probably still would’ve been drinking” had he stayed married to Jennifer Garner.

BEN AFFLECK          DRINKING        JENNIFER GARNER

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