After Ashton Kutcher And Reese Witherspoon’s Awkward Posing Went Viral, Ashton Claimed There Would Be Affair Rumors If He Put His Arm Around Reese

February 7, 2023 / Posted by:

Over the weekend, Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon went viral for awkwardly posing together at red carpet events for their new rom-com, Your Place or Mine. These two were pulling a real “me in high school” (bad at chemistry). Since this “story” broke, both Reese and Ashton have addressed the “controversy”. According to Page Six, on this morning’s Today, Reese talked about how Ashton’s wife, Mila Kunis, messaged both actors to joke about their awkwardness. E! Online reports that Ashton corroborated Reese’s story on the Chicks in the Office podcast. He says his wife texted them and said, “Guys, you gotta act like you like each other.” Then, Ashton claimed that if he had put his arm around Reese on the red carpet, the story would be that the actors were having an affair. Um… sorry, Ashton, but there’s absolutely no way anyone would believe an Academy Award-winner like Laura Jeanne Poon would lower herself to an on-set fling with the guy from The Butterfly Effect.

First, here’s the quick Today clip of Reese talking about Mila razzing her and Ashton:

And now for Ashton on the podcast. The Chicks in the Office hosts informed the actor that he’d been “memed.” Ashton rolled his eyes, mouthed, “Oh my god,” and told them about Mila encouraging him and Reese to pretend act like they liked each other. One of the hosts said that the viral pics looked like the pair were “in a school photo.” That’s when Ashton launched into the affair talk:

Here’s the thing, OK? Here’s the thing. If I put my arm around her and was, like, all friendly with her, I’d be having an affair with her. The rumor would be that I’m having an affair with her. If I stand next to her, and I put my hands in my pockets, there’s no chance that could be the rumor. The rumor is we don’t like each other… Reese and I are really good friends. We’re really close. I don’t have to defend that.

Ashton also blamed their uncomfortable posing on general red carpet confusion. He explains that he’s hard of hearing in one ear, and, when he’s taking pictures for twenty minutes, he gets overwhelmed and isn’t sure which photographers are yelling his name:

If you’re gonna tell me, in that entire twenty minute period, at one point you’re not gonna have an awkward face on? Then you’re better than I am, and I’m cool with that.

Here’s the clip of Ashton on the podcast:

OK. I hate hate HATE to defend that smelly ol’ (alleged) rape defender Ashton Kutcher, but he’s got a point about it being hard to pose for photographs. I can’t even take a not-horrible Instagram selfie without the help of 12 filters, a “millennial high angle,” and approximately 90 retakes. That being said, unlike Ashton, I didn’t get my start in male modeling:

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