Jenna Dewan: Countless media outlets distorted what I said for clicks

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When I read that Jenna Dewan allegedly said that her ex, Channing Tatum, wasn’t there after the birth of their child, Everly, now eight, I thought that the quotes didn’t match up with the way it was being reported. I listened to the podcast where Jenna said that and was able to put her quotes in context. The headlines were misrepresenting what she said. On Tuesday I wroteShe didn’t shade him, she just described their circumstances after having her first baby. Jenna admitted that she thought she could go back to work no problem and that it was so much harder than she imagined. It sounds like they had an agreement for their careers that didn’t work out the way they expected.”

Jenna has since issued a statement saying her quotes were distorted. Here’s what she wrote.

It’s unfortunate that countless media outlets have taken an important conversation on a woman’s experience with postpartum issues and pulled quotes to make it appear that I was slamming my daughters’ father, something I would never do.

As two working parents, we both faced challenges at the time, but I speak only for myself and not about him. Anyone who actually listens to the interview, something I encourage everyone to do, will clearly see that my words have been distorted for clicks and to push false, salacious gossip with no regard for the actual people involved, or the message intended.

[From Twitter via Yahoo]

Before Jenna issued this, TMZ had an article responding to that story. It described how Channing tried to be with Jenna and accommodate for her and the baby while they were both working. She was in Vancouver working while he was filming Jupiter Ascending in Chicago. He would fly out whenever he could. It just sounds like it was a lot of stress for them and that it wasn’t anyone’s fault.

Jenna is a sweet person who really tries to be kind. This was an hour long podcast that should have been cut by at least 20 minutes in my opinion. (I know most podcasts just put it all out there but I approach ours like a radio show, it should be condensed where possible.) I understand why a lot of outlets reported it that way. No one has time to listen to an entire podcast, one site spins it and the others just run with that.

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  1. Klu says:

    I can’t comment on how stressful this is because I don’t have children and as I approach 40 I doubt I will. I will never experience that stress. But even in the quotes I read, she never badmouthed him. She just said he wasn’t available to come with her. Everyone has commitments and she had to fulfill hers just after having her daughter (which whatever film she was working on made it very unfair for her to go back so soon and that is the bigger issue, IMHO). My issues with Channing are that Ben Affleck Vibe I get from him. But I also get that same vibe from Liam Hemsworth, Pedro Pascal and a few others on the Hollywood scene. It’s the only way I can describe someone in Hollywood who has a contrived image that hides a really messy personal life.

  2. Steph says:

    I only read about what she said on this site. When I read the title of the pc I was like “damn!” But once I read the actual pc I understood what she was saying. It didn’t sound line shade at all. Maybe that’s bc your listened first and took care in your reporting.

  3. CJ says:

    But the header can still make all the difference. Even on this site, the header wasn’t complete click bait but I saw several commenters who clearly didn’t read the body of the post where the statement is explained and that was unfortunate. The post also spent more time talking about her COVID experience than it did the Channing statement. But the header was the draw whether it truly ended up being salacious or not. The reporting was careful and clear but people are typically going to go with their first take. Sucks

    • Goldie says:

      Yes I was going to say that even on this site, several people were implying that Channing is a bad father, which I found to be quite unfair.

    • lucy2 says:

      Exactly. Almost every outlet, including this site, went with that as the pull quote to title or head their articles. It was pretty clear she was saying they were both stuck working away from each other and it was really hard.
      She’s right, that comment was used for clicks. I don’t know what sort of relationship she and Channing have, but I imagine that was hurtful to him, and upsetting for her. I’m glad she quickly corrected it, but she shouldn’t have had to.

  4. psl says:

    This is the most anyone has talked about this woman in years.

    • Laalaa says:

      She is actually surprisingly popular, so I kindly disagree 🙂 she has a lot of stuff going on in her career. I follow her because of Step up, yes 😀

  5. Case says:

    That’s what I thought as well. It was clear she just meant he unfortunately had work responsibilities when their baby was very young and she had a hard time handling it on her own. Not shading him at all, but being honest about her situation at the time.

  6. Jayna says:

    I took it to mean he was away on location making movies. She was working too. The baby was with her.

  7. Katie says:

    Not to derail, but that is a serious amount of ginger. That is all.