If you’re Jennifer Lopez, and you’re smarting from the biggest professional debacle of your career (that would be ”Gigli”), and your high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck is beset by tabloid rumors of his wild night at a strip club, what’s your next move? Why, to re-hire the agent you fired six weeks ago. According to the Hollywood Reporter, J. Lo is leaving CAA and returning to her old rep, Endeavor’s Patrick Whitesell. Who just happens to be Affleck’s agent as well.
Lopez fired Whitesell as part of a housecleaning over the last couple of months whose casualties included Benny Medina, the longtime manager many credited with orchestrating her rise to music and film stardom. Despite the Endeavor move, she’s not re-hiring Medina as well but will stick with her new managers at The Firm, according to the Reporter.
A source close to Lopez tells the Reporter she has nothing against CAA but has reconsidered the job Whitesell had done for her since she signed with Endeavor last October. ”Gigli” was already in the can then, so the blame for that one can’t be pinned on him; but he can be credited with landing her roles in Oscar-bait director Lasse Hallström’s drama ”An Unfinished Life” (due in theaters this fall), the currently shooting ”Shall We Dance?” with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and the upcoming comedy ”Monster-in-Law,” which may bring Jane Fonda out of retirement.