The Actress Formerly Known as America’s Perky Sweetheart got a quick image overhaul last Friday when her husband got pulled over on suspicion of DUI, and she got busted for playing the “Do you KNOW who I am?” card with a cop, and disagreeing with him as to his stage direction — he wanted to the scene to play out with her in the car and she felt strongly otherwise.
“Do you know my name?” she reportedly asked the cop, as her husband was pulled over and given a sobriety test.
When the cop told her he did not, she told him, “You’re about to find out who I am!” and forecast he was about to become a national story.
She was right. Except the cop was cast as the hero, and she’s been cast as the boozy mother of three who should’ve hired a driver in the first place, and then lipped off at a police officer trying to make sure her husband didn’t injure anyone allegedly driving while not in his most sober state.
Witherspoon, meanwhile, wound up being arrested for disorderly conduct.
“I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said,” Reese has since said in a statement, explaining that she was “frightened for my husband” at the time he was pulled over.
“I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
She will not be repeating that sentiment on either Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late night show, where she was scheduled to plug her new flick “Mud” on Tuesday. Ditto in re ABC’s morning infotainment show “Good Morning America,” for which she had been scheduled to tape a segment Monday would have aired on Wednesday’s show.
That’s according to execs at both networks with knowledge of the situation, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the record.