Did Justin Theroux really say ‘9/11 was the best thing that happened to NYers’?


Here are some photos of Justin Theroux in NYC over the past month. Justin is a New Yorker at this point – even though he didn’t grow up in New York, he’s lived there for something like 20 years. While his wife lives full-time in LA, Justin maintains a New York apartment, and I would be willing to bet he considers New York “home.” Justin was living in New York on September 11, 2001. And according to Page Six’s source – allegedly an extra on The Leftovers – Justin thinks 9/11 was the best thing to happen to New Yorkers. Oh, God.

An extra on the set of HBO’s “The Leftovers” was offended by an off-handed remark Justin Theroux made about 9/11. We’re told the hunky actor, who is married to Jennifer Aniston, was overheard saying in front of others on the show: “9/11 was the best thing that happened to NYers,” followed by a story about getting a deal on rent.

“He said at the end of the process, the landlord was so mad, they threw the keys at him,” said our tipster.

But a rep for Theroux, whose Greenwich Village apartment was profiled in the NY Times in 2003 for its eclectic décor made up of things he’d found in the trash, told us: “As a New Yorker and someone who has lived downtown for over 20 years, Justin would not make jest of 9/11.”

[From Page Six]

While The Emotive Eyebrow is not my particular cup of tea, I’m perfectly willing to believe that Justin was probably telling a story about getting a discount on rent for a downtown apartment because of 9/11 but he probably didn’t say “9/11 was the best thing that happened to New Yorkers.” And if he did say something to that effect, it was said sarcastically. Something like that. Basically, I don’t believe that any New Yorker who lived through 9/11 would say in all seriousness that 9/11 was great because of the discounted rent in the downtown area.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Pacific Coast News.

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  1. NYer says:

    How much clothing does he really need to wear? And is that a shirt tied around his waist? I can’t with this dude.

  2. paranormalgirl says:

    I would hope he wouldn’t have said that. It would be very hurtful for people who lost good friends on that horrible day.

    • Pinky says:

      A douche would say that. He’s a douche. So by the transitive property, he said it.

      It’s true rents plummeted after the attack and downtown, in particular, they were offering abatements and several months for free. Lots of people got deals on their apartments if they were willing to stay. And f•ckwads like this guy like to brag about it. He and his wang can go jog off a cliff.

      • Alice too says:

        The guy owns his own apartment in NYC, so he wouldn’t be paying rent. If anything, he’d be bemoaning rental price drops since the potential income he could earn from his property would have gone down.

  3. Froggy says:

    My first instinct was to believe he said it. Hope he didn’t. there’s no apology good enough if he did.

    • Esmom says:

      My first instinct was the opposite. Even if he thought it, which I highly doubt he did, he’s seems smart enough to know not to say it.

      • Yoohoo says:

        I don’t believe it. Maybe he was telling a story about how he got a new apartment for cheaper but I don’t believe he said it was a good thing. Especially since someone overheard him telling someone else. Too third party to be truthful.

      • Kitten says:

        Seriously. I don’t think any New Yorker would say something like that, even sarcastically.

  4. Esmom says:

    Yeah, no. I call BS.

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    Coupled with the pics, that is probably the most hipster-y blurb I’ve ever read. “for its eclectic décor made up of things he’d found in the trash” Of course that happened.

  6. T.Fanty says:

    I doubt he made a joke about it, but as a New Yorker, I also wholeheartedly believe that he engaged in a conversation about getting a great deal, post 9/11. It’s a New York rent thing. I’ve definitely heard that conversation in my time.

  7. Bearcat Lawyer says:

    I really, really, really hope this story is not true. Even the part about getting a great deal on downtown rent post-9/11 turns my stomach.

    A high school and university classmate died at WTC 1. His name was Christopher Todd Pitman, and he was only 30 and had just started his new job at Cantor Fitzgerald. My god brother was also at his last day of work in WTC 7 when the planes hit. He saw and suffered things no one should ever have to endure, but thankfully he lived.

    Justin should be grateful that he lived and prospered. 3000 people were not so lucky.

    • Pinky says:

      Wow. So sorry to hear about your classmate and god brother too. That is a day that changed everyone’s world in some way.

  8. Nicolette says:

    Yes Justin it was just the best of times for us NY’ers. Watching our skyline burn, people jumping to their deaths because the alternative was burning to death in an inferno. Utter mayhem and confusion as no one knew if and when there would be more planes coming in. Seeing two skyscrapers come crashing down knowing as we watched that people were being crushed to death. And I’m sure my husband was just tickled when he went down to Ground Zero the day after with other sanitation crews and saw things so horrible he wouldn’t talk about it. While there is that element in society that will cash in on any big tragedy, I can say as someone born and raised in New York that no it wasn’t the best thing that ever happened to us. It was a nightmare that I and all others who live here could never have imagined we’d ever see and hope we never see again. Idiot. Go fly back to la la land Hollywood.

    • V4Real says:

      I’m a New Yorker as well but do we know for sure that this is what he said. I’m hoping it’s not true or someone overheard him say something about the rent and just ran with their own twist on what he said.

    • Naya says:

      Relax. Its obviously bs. Not even Donald Trump would say something this stupid.

  9. Elisa the I. says:

    This story is BS. And I really like his bicycle!

    • Kitten says:

      I like his doggies!

      • cibo says:

        Yeah the dogs are Sophie and Clyde and were rescued by both Jennifer and Justin, they took them to NYC two weeks ago and that’s when the pictures were taken. I think maybe they left Jen’s German shepherd Dolly back in LA since she wasn’t with them

      • V4Real says:

        Oh those pups. I just want to kiss their faces or let them lick my face whichever comes first.

        Did you guys see on the news this morning where a woman on FB was receiving threats and all kinds of well deserved shame on you messages for posting a pic of her dog with his mouth duct taped with the caption that said something like “this is how you get them to shut up.” I have no sympathy for this woman and glad she got called out by thousands of people.

      • SusanneToo says:

        @V4Real. My daughter told me she was later arrested for animal abuse. I hope that’s true. And who is either moronic or arrogant enough to post something like that? Hope it bites her in her sorry a$$.

      • Lola says:

        cibo it is worrying to you know that much about them.

  10. AlmondJoy says:

    For some reason I really don’t like his face… He’s not unattractive but just very smug looking.

    9/11 is nothing to joke about. I’m pretty disgusted by this. I’m guessing no one he loved or cared about was hurt or killed on that day.

  11. Colette says:

    He probably talked about it in the context of discounted rent.I could imagine standing around discussing astronomical rent and him saying after 9/11he was able to get a great place because rent was so low.Of course he wasn’t referring to death,destruction,etc.Similar to people saying after 9/11 the country was so united,people were more polite,etc.

    • Mar says:

      Exactly. We need to know in what context was used along with this statement. It could mean it made them better people. Who knows?

  12. Merritt says:

    This story sounds either greatly exaggerated or fake. I could maybe believe he said something sarcastic and the extra blew it out of proportion for a payday. But the story just has several fake elements to me.

  13. cibo says:

    I don’t believe this for a second since an old interview of Justin’s he talks about how upsetting 9/11 was and how deeply it impacted him being a NYer.

    This story sounds like the extra wanted a quick payday and made a big deal out of nothing.

    • Colette says:

      You can talk about how horrible 9/11 was and still say it united our country ,rents dropped,people were more friendly etc

  14. FingerBinger says:

    An extra goes to page six after eavesdropping on part of a conversation. Sounds legit.

  15. The Original G says:

    I hate that I know this, but he bought an apartment in the Village shortly after 9/11. He doesn’t rent, so there’s factual error, to start with.

    This is the kind of sarcastic comment that doesn’t really ever work in print. I think someone’s really stretching if they think I believe he meant that comment literally, even if he said it.

    • Katherine says:

      I thought he was referring to what a deal he got when he bought his apartment. It wasn’t about rent.

      Why is it so unbelievable that he said something to the effect? People say thoughtless things all the time.

  16. Ashley says:

    I don’t believe this bs for a second,it’s funny when some people don’t like you they’ll believe anything. He’s really good in the leftovers,love that show.

  17. JustJen says:

    “Hunky”???? Him? No.

  18. JenniferJustice says:

    “Hunky” is not a word anybody should use to describe Justin Theroux. He is metro, semi-effeminate, and very high maintenance. A “hunky” man is masculine, rugged, muscular, etc. like a lumberjack.

    P.S. Does he know the zipper on his jacket is broken? Kidding!

    • cibo says:

      oh please stop with this nonsense beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. There are some celebs I don’t have to name who they are with gay vibes but are called “hunky”. he comes across as a manly man on the leftovers show so whether he is metro to you or not doesn’t matter. btw how do you know he is high maintenance when you don’t even know him geeez, get a grip woman.

      • Elisha says:

        Agreed, he is 100% masculine and hunky on the show. He plays a philandering cop FFS. It is just acting, but the comments from women here versus on The Leftovers pages are like night and day. They say things like “that body!”

        It is shocking to come here and see him dressing like a douchey hipster after binge reading the Leftovers subreddit, where Kevin Garvey is a normal-dressing cop.

      • Lola says:

        cibo, calm down and stop attacking people just because they don’t find him hunky. Get a grip, we don’t have to find him hunky. We are all entitled to our opinions so stop attacking others.

  19. maggie says:

    I doubt he said that. I think people of New York City got a taste of what it must feel like living in Afghanistan or Iraq on a daily basis. I agree it did change the world. Thanks to George Bush. Despite there always being issues he made it worse. I hold him and his cronies responsible for what’s happening in the Middle East today.

  20. boredblond says:

    and it follows that the best thing to happen to this former nobody was to marry someone famous..that’s why anyone is bothering to talk to him on any subject…or am I just being sarcastic? hmmmmm

  21. Kath says:

    Why are people putting such stock in what an “extra” supposedly reported to a gossip page. Who does that? Sounds like bullsh-t to me.

  22. ann says:

    I feel pretty
    Oh so pretty
    I feel pretty and witty and gay

    Read more: Westside Story – I Feel Pretty Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  23. Loca says:

    I don’t believe he would say that at all. He loves NY someone is trying to give him bad publicity

  24. kara says:

    I don’t care what you all say about his hipstardness … he’s an actor’s actor!

    also… The Leftovers is getting better in S2!