As you may have heard, the 2017 Emmy Awards were Sunday night, and as the paltry ratings indicate, no one really cared.
Mainstream news outlets seemed more concerned with the random Sean Spicer cameo than with who took home the night’s major prizes.
And within celebrity gossip circles, the big buzz was all about Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus bringing Ben Affleck as her date.
Ben and Lindsay didn’t walk the red carpet together, but they sat side-by-side at their first industry event as a couple.
Witnesses say Ben stood and cheered when Lindsay took the stage to accept an award alongside Lorne Michaels and several of her SNL colleagues.
It’s unclear exactly how long Ben and Lindsay have been together, but sources close to the couple say they’re moving quickly – and having an awful lot of fun.
Unfortunately, it seems their good times frequently entail heavy boozing, which might be fine, were it not for the fact that Ben just completed rehab in March.
Affleck has been spotted drinking with Lindsay several times since they started dating, and it seems the two of them kept the party going at an Emmy after-party Sunday night.
“He ordered water at the bar but a server brought him over the alcoholic drink once he sat down at the table,” an eyewitness tells In Touch exclusively.
“He drank all of it,” the onlooker adds.
A source close to Affleck doesn’t deny that the actor has been enjoying a drink now and then, but
“Ben continues to focus on a balanced lifestyle,” says the insider.
Affleck having a couple adult beverages on a special occasion may not seem like a big deal, and perhaps it’s not.
But considering he’s very fresh from rehab and juggling a career, a divorce, and being a dad to three kids, it’s not hard to see why fans may be concerned.
After receiving word of her ex’s new relationship, Jennifer Garner reportedly commented that Ben’s drinking is “Lindsay’s problem now.”
Obviously, it’s not really Shookus’ responsibility to make sure that Ben stays off the sauce.
He’s a grown man, after all.
But sources close to Garner say she’d hoped that Lindsay wouldn’t prove to be enabler, and we’re guessing she’s less than thrilled with the way things are playing out.
None us can know the extent of Ben’s addiction, but considering he’s checked into rehab at least twice now, it makes sense that the mother of his children would prefer that he remain sober.