8 Most Scandalous Work Affairs


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A list of the most scandalous work affairs, how they started, and their aftermath.

The Fallout: After spending a month and a half in sex rehab, Philips immediately hit the airwaves on damage control, publicly apologizing on The Today Show and vowing to save his marriage. If he’s successful, it won’t be the first time his wife has forgiven his flings. He admitted to having extramarital affairs with several women during his stint as the Mets general manager (1997-2003) and was threatened with a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1998. He hasn’t said whether he’ll return to broadcasting. ESPN made no public statement regarding the issue.

5. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie


The Frolic: How do you relax after a tense day of car chases and shootings on a movie set? Why, by cuddling with your costar in your trailer, of course. OK, that may not be exactly how two of the world's most beautiful people hooked up, but Angelina Jolie admits she fell for then-married Brad Pitt while on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Their onscreen chemistry kept us on the edge of our seats so we weren’t too shocked to hear they'd shacked up after the cameras stopped rolling. Jolie claims she kept her distance until Pitt divorced his then-wife of five years, Jennifer Aniston. Pitt just happened to file those papers that same year. Hmmm.

The Fallout: Tabloid magazines owe a good portion of their revenue to steering the Angie and Brad breakup bandwagon. The gossip mill churns out a separation story every other week but the pair—who've never been officially married—are seemingly still going strong. Not just a pair of pretty faces, the charitable couple are attached to several humanitarian causes. In 2006, they established the Jolie-Pitt foundation to aid in global causes. Most recently, the foundation donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.

6. Ad Exec & Ad Exec

The Frolic: Sex may not always sell... but it sure spreads on the Internet for free. In late 2008, two New York advertising executives became infamous online sex stars after a tape of the two having sex on the office floor went viral. A co-worker who stumbled upon the cubicle coupling alerted his buddy, who then taped the after-hour sexcapade. So how did a 60-second cell phone recording sent to a few office colleagues end up on Gawker.com and in thousands of inboxes? That’s the magic of the Internet.

The Fallout: Apparently taping the act is worse than doing it, to HR anyway. The company fired the voyeur for recording the fornicators (both reportedly married and one high up on the company ladder) but the two unnamed execs have kept their jobs. Mad Men producers must be proud.

7. Saudi Arabian Man & T.V. Viewers