Ben Affleck used the "Saturday Night Live" stage to make light of his much-buzzed-about 2013 Oscar acceptance speech, where he referred to his nearly-8-year marriage to Jennifer Garner as "work."
The actor brought his gorgeous wife onstage during his opening monologue (it was Ben's fifth time hosting and the show's Season 38 finale), where he admitted giving an Academy Awards speech is "completely terrifying."
"I thanked my wife while saying the essence of marriage is ‘work,'" he said during the monologue. "Some uncharitable souls on the Internet took that to mean our marriage is some kind of manual labor. That's not it.
"You define what's important to you by what you dedicate your time to," he continued.
Jennifer – who looked stunning in a tight black gown with her hair down in loose waves – then joined her husband on stage (greeting him with a kiss) as she explained that they use the term "work" to define how they "talk privately" about their commitment to keeping their relationship strong.
"Not sure why you have to share it live with a billion people, but…" she said.
"What would you have called it in a speech?" Ben asked.
"A GIFT. I would have said, ‘Thank you to my wife – our marriage is a gift,'" Jen said, as the studio audience laughed.
The jokes continued as Jen suggested they should discuss who actually "does all of the work."
Ben then gave Jen a few touching compliments (which she quickly realized he was reading from cue card), before seriously saying, "I love you."
"Thank you, you're a lot of work!" Jen replied, giving Ben a kiss on the lips.
-- by Erin O'Sullivan
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