Celebrities React To Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie's Divorce

News that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt was one of the biggest stories Hollywood had seen since, well, ever. Everybody was talking about their demise after the news broke on Sept. 20, 2016, including some of their famous friends. From George Clooney to Questlove, see the biggest celeb reactions.

George Clooney

Like the rest of us, George Clooney was visibly taken aback when a reporter for CNN broke the news to him that Pitt and Jolie had split. "I didn't know that!" said Clooney during an appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2016. Clooney and Pitt have been friends for years and have worked together on multiple movies. "I feel very sorry, then," he continued. "That's a sad story and unfortunate for a family; it's an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that. This is the first I've heard of it."

Emily Blunt

Actress Emily Blunt was asked for her thoughts on the divorce at the London premiere of her new film, The Girl on the Train on Sept. 20, 2016. "It's their business, and it's not for anybody else to comment on," she told the Associated Press. Her co-star, Luke Evans, offered a similarly muted response at the premiere. "It's very sad to hear," he said. The film's director, Tate Taylor, took a more aggressive stance. "Frankly, with all that's going on in the world, I just think it's a shame that's even talked about," he told the AP. "They're just two people breaking up. There's bigger fish to fry right now." And a movie to watch.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was criticized by some who felt she mocked the seriousness of Pitt and Jolie's split when she pretended to cry while reporting the news on The View shortly after it went public. Goldberg eventually took to Twitter to clarify her sarcastic reaction. "At 11 am when I was asked to do it on The View, it was unsubstantiated and therefore gossip," she said in a series of tweets. "To me if u [sic] know anything about me you know I hate talking about [gossip]," she added. "So the idea that anyone would think that I was making fun of the possible divorce without knowing if it was even possible doesn't make sense."

Chrissy Teigen

Naturally, a celebrity scandal couldn't hit the tabloids without a response from model and outspoken Twitter personality Chrissy Teigen. She echoed the sentiments of countless celeb followers when she wrote, "Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?"

Alyssa Milano

Actress Alyssa Milano put forth a much more somber and straight-forward reaction to the news, writing on Twitter, "WTF? Brad and Angelina?! I'm crushed."

Patton Oswalt

Unsurprisingly, comedian Patton Oswalt posted a pitch-perfect reaction to the media's frantic response to the day's headlines. "Tower of Terror! Eggo! Skittles! Brad Pitt! I don't know why ANY of them are trending but I'm running to my basement," he wrote. "It's over."

Josh Gad

Also going for laughs was Frozen star Josh Gad, who reminded his Twitter users of the significance of Pitt and Jolie's relationship to the United States. "Before we get too cavalier about it, let's remember that #brangelina was possibly the only thing still holding the USA together," he said.

Susan Sarandon

Of course, not everyone took the news lightly. In fact some—including Thelma & Louise icon Susan Sarandon—expressed disgust over some media outlets' decisions to prioritize Pitt and Jolie's divorce over other stories of the day. "Priorities," Sarandon tweeted, alongside a screenshot of Pitt and Jolie's divorce dominating CNN's homepage.

Boy George

Singer Boy George took to Twitter to tell everyone to lighten up. "It's sad about Brad and Angelina but it's also none of our business!" he wrote.

Piers Morgan

Celebrity journalist and editor Piers Morgan inevitably chimed in on the drama, and his tweet unexpectedly wound up being one of the funniest reactions. "I blame Donald Trump," he wrote. (Yeah, we're not touching that one.)


If Piers Morgan was the one celebrity we most expected to react to Pitt and Jolie's divorce, Questlove was arguably the one we least expected to join in on the fun. But join in he did with a series of admittedly hilarious reactions on Twitter. "Everyone is serious as a heart attack with this 'I might actually have a chance' talk," he wrote, followed by an eye-roll emoji. Indeed.