John Mulaney switched divorce lawyers in an effort to speed up his divorce

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John Mulaney and Anna Marie Tendler are still not divorced. He filed for divorce in February, as far as anyone can determine, but the date of their split is a bit muddled. He was in 60-day rehab a year ago, and then he did out-patient rehab treatment in California this year? And he started dating his girlfriend at some point, and there was likely some overlap between his marriage and his new relationship. I broke down all of the theories and shifting timelines back in September, when Mulaney appeared on Seth Meyers’ show and tried to do damage control about when exactly he knocked up his girlfriend. I think that’s nagging at him too: the idea that his child might be born and he’s still technically married to Anna Marie. So he hired a new divorce lawyer:

John Mulaney has switched lawyers to speed up his divorce from his wife of seven years, Anna Marie Tendler — as his new girlfriend, Olivia Munn, prepares to give birth to their first child.

Page Six has exclusively learned that the comedian is now being represented by John Teitler, whose famously tough NYC law firm, Teitler & Teitler, is well-known for representing powerful Goldman Sachs execs and being involved in complex, big-money matrimonial battles. The firm previously represented Matt Lauer’s ex-wife Annette Roque and Harry B. Macklowe’s former wife, Linda Macklowe.

Sources say Mulaney, 39, wants things to move more quickly as he and Munn, 41, get ready for the arrival of their baby.

“John wants to speed things up and get the divorce done,” one source said. “He’s becoming a father, so he switched to a new law firm with a reputation of being tough and efficient.”

He is being personally represented by Teitler and Elizabeth White Bass, who didn’t return calls for comment.

Meanwhile, Tendler, 36, has hired family law attorney Eleanor Alter, who has an equally powerful client roster including Mia Farrow (she represented the actress in her custody battles against Woody Allen), Madonna, Robert De Niro, John Lennon, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Alter’s firm, Alter, Wolff & Foley, declined to comment.

[From Page Six]

I think it’s normal to be aggravated by a divorce which feels slow-paced, but if he filed in February, chances are this divorce won’t be finalized for months. If I was in Anna Marie’s shoes, I would drag it out just to get on his f–king nerves. But she’s probably a bigger person. Maybe she wants to be legally free of him too. But even if both parties want to finalize everything quickly (a big “if”), a divorce can still take a while. They’ve got to split up their assets, figure out spousal support, custody of their dog, all of that. Chances are, Mulaney and Tendler will still be married when Baby Mulaney is born.

John Mulaney and Annemarie Tendler

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  1. Jessie Quinton says:

    Petunia is already with Anna Marie, you can see her living her best life on Anna Marie’s TikTok’s.

    Other than that, co-sign the idea of Anna Marie dragging this divorce. Why should she have to hurry in order to accommodate HIM?

    • Ella says:

      I bet it was Petunia’s choice, too. That pup is no fool.

    • Merricat says:

      The dog belonged to her in the first place, so no quibble over rights.
      I don’t understand prolonging your own misery in hopes of making the other person MORE miserable. If I were her, I’d get it done and turn my back on the whole thing. Why waste anymore time in this clusterfuck than necessary? She has a wonderful new life waiting for her.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        I hear you Merricat — But I’m petty AF and wouldn’t want to do him or his GF any favours, so …. LOL

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Jessie Quinton, I am with you! Make him suffer and sweat it out!! Sorry @ Merricat, I am petty as well!!

      • Merricat says:

        I’m more selfish than petty–why would I waste another moment on someone I’m excising from my life, especially when I have this fantastic new life happening? Happy people don’t care, in my opinion.
        However, I am not above schadenfreude. Lol.

      • Mcmmom says:

        I agree. Get that paperwork filed and finalize the divorce as quickly as possible. Pettiness means you still have an emotional attachment to your ex.

        My divorce took 4 months – and we had assets and children. If your goal is to dissolve the marriage and not to make a point or twist the knife, it *can* go quickly.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Outside pettiness, my guess is that there likely was adultery. That can change certain stipulations in a marital contract, even if there was a prenup, because use of marital assets for extramarital partners is a whole legal quagmire on its own.

  2. Traci says:

    Yeah….I mean ya should’ve thought about that (the timing) before knocking the boots with ol girl. Tell her to sit tight Mulaney. The worst is yet to come

    • JT says:

      For real. He brought all of this on himself. Maybe divorce your wife BEFORE you knock up your girlfriend/side piece.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ JT, and once he is rid of his wife, his new glorious hell that he created is waiting for him as we speak!! Let’s hope OM will want to be married before she gives birth, as she declares that she refuses to give birth to a ba$tard child!!!! Could not have happened to the most deserving couple!!

      • JT says:

        Mulaney and his girlfriend are not going to last long after the baby is born. I think they’ll stay together for a little bit for appearances and to prove their love is real and then they’ll be done, if they aren’t already. That entire relationship looks some creeping that went too far and now he’s stuck trying to put a bow on a very messy situation.

    • jjva says:

      Right? This guy fucked *up.*

  3. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    I wonder if he’s panicking about the divorce because he wants to retain as many assets as he can because his new girlfriend she-who-must-not-be-named will strip him bare for child support. His shows are not getting great reviews and he’s not being invited onto as many shows, so he wants to pay less alimony to AMT.

    AMT was a student who makes good money on her art, but not Mulaney money.. and honestly she could probably get a lot of assets from him, I doubt she wants his money but she definitely needs to upkeep what she already had like their shared home and Petunia.

    Watching AMT thrive on tiktok is amazing and I’m so glad she has petunia.

    Child of an alcoholic here, also, I hope he gets more help so he doesn’t use his baby as a crutch. He needs to focus his sobriety on himself and not on a newborn. We are not the gatekeepers of our parents devices.

  4. Amy T says:

    Wishing only good things for Anna Marie, and hoping the Munlainet has a chance at a stable life.

  5. Tyle says:

    Boy, did he screw up.

    • jjva says:

      LOL came here to say exactly this. Tell me you hate yourself without telling me you hate yourself, guy.

    • Christine says:

      Me too. I hope Anna has the most glorious life, after this. He is a stain on your rearview mirror, girl.

  6. minx says:

    Glad to hear AMT has Eleanor Alter as her lawyer, she seems formidable.

  7. Zaftig&Kitty says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Mulaney for years, but take a seat, bro. Anna Marie Tendler is busy with her highly acclaimed photography and getting her Masters in costume design – something she decided to start before he took up with the other woman. She went to rehab too – I can even articulate my opinion on this, but my point is that *boo Mulaney*. Back off. You guys are done, AMT gets it. Prepare for the baby, the divorce can wait.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    Part of me would want it to be done and over with quickly, but the petty part of me would want it drag it out to spite him.

    • minx says:

      I thought the same—she probably just wants to be rid of the dbag, yet at the same time, why accommodate him? She’s in good hands with Eleanor Alter who won’t be pushed around.

    • Meghan says:

      I wouldn’t want to purposefully drag it out but if he was hurrying me along I would definitely take my time and read through things, understand what I’m signing, etc. If I had 30 days to review something and he was getting antsy like hey can you get this done in 5 days? I’d be like nope then take my time. Probably not to the full 30 days but however much time I need.

      But then again my ex wasn’t in a hurry to start the larger child support payments so we just let the courts decide the time-line. And in the middle of Covid, too.

  9. Roo says:

    From what I’ve read, Covid has caused a huge backlog in courts. Jury trials in Civil and criminal cases were paused for a long time. Depending on whether their judge handles criminal cases in addition to family cases, the new firm may not be able to speed things along much.

    • Jillian says:

      Exactly this. Does John Mulaney think he’s the only person who came through the pandemic seeking a divorce? There’s a big uptick in divorces, and that’s on top of a massive court backlog from Covid closures.
      But I don’t think “not fast enough!” is the reason he switched lawyers. People switch representation mid-activity because they aren’t getting what they want (screw over my ex!), or their lawyers have given them the boot for being awful/unreasonable/*not paying them

      *Not paying is #1

    • Genevieve says:

      My divorce was filed in NYC in January of 2020 and it still hasn’t gotten to the Clerks office, let alone a judge for final approval. I get the impatience, but also don’t have sympathy in this instance. The shame of the thing is that his powerful attorneys will actually be able to speed things along, that’s just how money works.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ milliemollie, interesting that the “source” claims that JM asked for a divorce in February, so he waited until July? That doesn’t pass the smell test of massive lies to cover JM. Nope

      • milliemollie says:

        Yeah, the whole thing/time line ist just so weird! Why wait so long to file? Had he hoped Anna would file?!
        And he needs to chill. He should have filed sooner if he wanted to be divorced by the time the baby comes. I kinda have the feeling the baby is due very soon and this is how they’re trying to save whatever is left of his good reputation.

  10. Katherine says:

    I don’t get why divorces covered in the press are taking so long. My parents just went to file and got it right away, not US though.

  11. TIFFANY says:

    Who took this to Page Six?

    This has the MO of Girlfriend who is Pregnant.

    He already got one foot out the door woman. This ain’t it.

  12. Robyn says:

    I thought he filed in July?

    On the one hand, I want peace for AMT, and on the other hand, I want her to drag him to hell and back and make the divorce as difficult as possible.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Robyn, why should she rush? Also, JM changing representation will also delay the process as they will need to be caught up to speed. I still think that this doesn’t pass the smell test of lies!

  13. Le Nugget says:

    I’m excited to see AMT’s next act. Maybe marriage to a European billionaire who collects fine art, whom she meets at a gallery or through friends. 🙂

    • Kviby says:

      Hopefully a man who is not old or ugly though! And someone respectful, are there a lot of kind but single billionaires?

      • ElleV says:

        i expect she’ll remain single for a long time if the criteria is not old, not ugly, respectful, kind, single billionaire lol

  14. Gracie says:

    I think his people or his baby mama’s people put this out there to make it look like AMT was being a stick in the mud, but more than likely I suspect he offered AMT a quick deal that was no good, so she said nope I deserve more and that’s the real reason for the drag (also as someone noted, the courts are very backlogged right now).

    I bet she who shall not be named is puppet master right now (not excusing his slimy actions, but I don’t feel that he’s in control of anything really right now) and he needs to prepare for an epic and expensive child support showdown.

    • North of Boston says:

      He may not be “in control”, many addicts aren’t and in his case though he may be trying to stay sober, the chaos, upheaval and lying that defines his new life does not scream ‘guy in control’. But that doesn’t mean his GF is a puppet master nor that HE’s not making, has made decisions as a grown man; he’s not some poor baby-faced schlub who is being controlled and manipulated by some scheming hussy.

  15. stagaroni says:

    My divorce took four years and there were no children. I had two different attorney’s. I finally hashed it out with my spouse on my own because I saw no need for vindictiveness, even though he cheated on me and was living with his girlfriend. Why do I want a cheater? The problems he had won’t go away. But he sure as hell did.

    Olivia Munn is pregnant and I think people should take that into consideration. Like her or not, the baby she is carrying is innocent. Meghan talked about how hard it was and I think we should show a little grace. There will be PLENTY of opportunities in the future.

    Anna Marie is clearly happy now, and thriving. She deserves better than being labeled his ex-wife who was cheated on. She is a successful woman who has no use for him and his name should not be mentioned with hers again until the divorce is final. That is the best revenge…forget you knew his name. And watch the sh*t show.

    • AmelieOriginal says:

      The baby is innocent, sure, but the parents are not. I feel sorry for that baby because it has two messy parents. Aholes often raise aholes unfortunately, the only thing I wish for that baby is hopefully it’ll stay out of show business but with two parents firmly entrenched that probably won’t be the case. Not sure what Meghan Markle has anything to do with this? If that’s the Meghan you are referring to.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Agreed. Clearly Anna is better off without him.

  16. Kviby says:

    Wow is that her real hair? She looks incredibly cute in the winter hat outfit!

  17. SPD says:

    Johnny boys is shady. Has a sneaky little rat trying to somehow save his image.
    Any other time I would say divorce him ASAP and if anyone ask about him say,”Who?”.
    This is the one time I will say make him crawl. Stretch it out as long as you can. Olivia and John panicking. Good. Should have thought of that before.
    Does Olivia think she’s getting a bargain?
    Good luck girl. He knock you up fresh out of rehab. He’s a mess.
    When you get out of rehab your suppose to take it slow and get to know yourself again.
    So far he’s lying and manipulating every step of they way. Nice way to start a new life.

  18. cassandra says:

    Best way to speed it up would be to give AMT everything she wants 🤷‍♀️

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him trying to do some big money projects soon. Alimony and child support are expensive

    • Turtledove says:

      “best way to speed it up would be to give AMT everything she wants 🤷‍♀️”

      YES! This 100%.

      My first thoughts were that AMT might want the divorce finalized quickly too, so that in a few months the story isn’t “AMT’s husband had a baby with another woman” and instead would be “AMT’s EX-husband had a baby with his gf”. She might prefer that.

      I am not always one to rise above and do the wise thing, I too can feel petty and bitter, so if she dragged it out, I really couldn’t blame her. But I think she would be better off for having gotten rid of him for good as quickly as possible. The one caveat is that she gets one chance to get the assests she wants/deserves, so she should take the time she needs to make sure she is not signing anything sketchy. But beyond that, toss out the trash and move forward.

      And if timing is so important to him, he should just give her a deal that doesn’t require a lot of thinkin through.

  19. Moxylady says:

    Love and peace and contentment to AM, petunia and the baby.

  20. lunchcoma says:

    Really, the fastest way to a divorce would be to give Anna Marie whatever she’s asking for. But I’m guessing John doesn’t feel financially secure enough to do that. I hope that Anna Marie gets whatever she needs out of this divorce, especially since they were married for a fairly long time, but I also hope that she’s in a place where she doesn’t feel the need to drag things out as punishment. That’s not a good place to live in, and I wish better for her.

  21. Liz version 700 says:

    Is he 12? He seems to want instant gratification and stamps his feet if he doesn’t get it. Good this guy is really letting his jerk flag fly

  22. SPD says:

    Johnny boys is shady. Has a sneaky little rat trying to somehow save his image.
    Any other time I would say divorce him ASAP and if anyone ask about him say,”Who?”.
    This is the one time I will say make him crawl. Stretch it out as long as you can. Olivia and John are panicking. Good. Should have thought of that before.
    Does Olivia think she’s getting a bargain?
    Good luck girl. He knock you up fresh out of rehab. He’s a mess.
    When you get out of rehab your suppose to take it slow and get to know yourself again.
    So far he’s lying and manipulating every step of they way. Nice way to start a new life.

  23. Scal says:

    So they have the house in NY, the house in LA and a vacation house in the Catskills right? And her family has $ so I’m wondering if the prefame houses mixes assets from her side that he’s trying to scam away from her. The dog was already hers.

    Also he filed in July and it’s November. There’s a backlog-wait your turn bro.

  24. taylir says:

    Jm never wanted to marry amt. Nor do i think he likes om. He wanted the press that pete davidson got. He tried out om and now is stuck. That kid wont be cute and she is a casting couch .

    • Ann says:

      Why do you say he never wanted to marry AMT? What evidence is there of that?

    • Fabiola says:

      That’s a horrible thing to say that the kid won’t be cute. They are both good looking.

      • Tacho Nacho says:

        Well, Olivia was attractive…before all the plastic surgery on her face.

        John’s not so hot. Let’s be honest. The suits do all the work.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      There are plenty of ways to express dislike of a woman without pandering to whorephobia.

  25. detritus says:

    So, famous addict ‘rehabs’, immediately falls for the love bombing stalker in the wings, gets in too deep, gets her pregnant and now has a divorce, a baby and most likely two break ups in what, a year?

    Now he’s frantically trying to hold on to his image as a good boy. I dunno, he needs to reach out to Garner.

  26. Boxy Lady says:

    In general, NY divorces take much longer than CA ones. Even without the COVID backlog, the divorce probably wouldn’t be final until a year after filing. And NY used to be an at fault divorce state (that’s changed only in the last 10 or 15 years) so it was even harder to get divorced in NY. This divorce probably won’t be finalized until that kid is like a year old. I’m inwardly cackling at the implications of that for the girlfriend!

  27. Lena says:

    I’ve heard that law firm Teitler & Teitler is made up super nasty sharks. Nice. Give her anything she wants if you want it done fast but obviously with this new choice he’s not looking to do that. So when do we think she’s due? I’d say December so definitely he’ll be a married man when this baby’s born.

  28. Ann says:

    Divorce in New York can take a long time and be complicated. I don’t think they have “No Fault” divorce there? That makes it simpler. My sister’s took quite a while even though she wasn’t trying to get a lot of money from her ex. She pretty much agreed to just child support and paying for tuition, etc. But it still dragged out. I think it’s just the process.

    • jjva says:

      I’m in VA and my divorce took almost 18 months, and that was pretty quick. (ETA: And we were amiable, no fighting, no back and forth, nothin’.) Here you have to be separated for a year before they’ll even see your case. I told my friend in Minnesota that and she said hers took like three weeks, apparently it really varies from place to place in the US.

    • AmyB says:

      I had a “no fault” Divorce in NJ, took almost two years. And we had little to negotiate over. We agreed on custody of our daughter and all major things. Plus, this wasn’t during a pandemic LOL. Sometimes this stuff takes time!!

  29. Normades says:

    Team petty here too. She should hold out and get the biggest settlement possible. Take him to the cleaners.

  30. why? says:

    Translation: John’s girlfriend is pressuring him to marry her.

    But why? Damage control to convince people that John is a changed man(he isn’t cheating with his fans or using drugs) now that he is her man and child’s father? Or is she the type that gloats about her ability to win another woman’s husband or boyfriend because she perceives that she is in some type of competition with the wife or girlfriend? This story sounds like it was leaked from her camp. I wonder if John has been secretly trying to get back with his wife and the girlfriend leaked this story an attempt to maintain her “win”!

    • Sigmund says:

      Idk, I definitely got the vibes from the prior leaks theirs is not a stable relationship and is likely already on the rocks. I seriously doubt either one of them thinks it’s leading to marriage.

      I do think he wants to be divorced when the baby is born due to the bad press that will inevitably lead to, but he should have thought of that a little sooner.

    • why? says:

      Another site just posted that she and her mother are being sued for the wrongful death of a man who was working on the roof of her house. She thought that she could distract from this lawsuit by leaking stories about how her man is trying to speed up the divorce from his wife for their child.

  31. LadySwampwitchGivsNeauFux says:

    I think Baby munnlaney is already here

  32. Kim says:

    I just saw him on his standup tour “From Scratch” here in New Orleans. My friend bought us tickets before everything went public. I didn’t even think he would do the tour. He started off with the mess he’s got himself in and addressed the rehab with humor but also humility. It was great to laugh about our flawed humanity in the context of substance addiction and entering rehab. It helped me personally to hear him find the absurd and gallows humor in his stays (there were two, 90 days total), as a mental health professional who has worked in a detox rehab for 4 years. He definitely did a program. At one point between sections he said, “I’m gonna be a father”. It was uttered briefly and he sounded in disbelief.
    It was inspiring really, to watch someone who has f’ed up royally own it and work through some of it on the stage. The comedy was balanced out by sincere moments of gratitude for us coming to the show and also his friends who held an intervention that led to the first 30 days of detox. It was a bit surreal (and hilarious) to hear him do impressions of the confrontations. There was two groups, those in person and those via zoom. “My intervention was star-studded” and he went on to do Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne. Bill Hader and Nick Kroll were also part of it all. He came off as genuine, authentic, and able to find light at his “rock bottom”.
    I understand the infidelity and stupidity and self sabotage — as symptomatic of his addiction, which apparently was quite severe and varied in types of substances. What we would call “the kitchen sink” – anything and everything to numb life.
    I hope some will have some compassion, he knows he did everything wrong and I hope through his comedy shows he will find his way to better days.

    • Tacho Nacho says:

      Great ad, John/John’s PR person, but this is a bit desperate.

    • Really? says:

      People will have more compassion if he deserved it by first being remorseful and asking for forgiveness for specific and actual faults like impregnating a mistress ,maybe the college girls hook-up or using that other apartment for drug and sex den and not his lie ass for writing. Addiction is NOT an excuse to act like asshat and being hurtful. Isn’t that one of the steps for recovery and in rehab? Ask for forgiveness from people you have hurt. What he’s doing is the exact opposite. He’s just covering his ass like a drug addict still does. Nope he’s not in full recovery yet. And if you’d check affair recovery websites they also mention giving full disclosure of what you have done not GASLIGHTING as what he’s doing. Do you know gaslighting is another form of abuse? He even got his friend SM to help him gaslight everyone and give that UNBELIEVABLE timeline and insult our intelligence as if we can’t calculate 9mos. Yeah there’s a baby coming from a different unlikable woman who is not your current wife. Not sure what you call that other than affair and bastard. It’s not only Ben Affleck who owes AMT public apology.

  33. Zoochy says:

    You’d think he’d know how divorce works considering his parents are lawyers

  34. Gigi LaMoore says:

    She may not feel it or realize it yet, but his soon to be ex is the luckiest woman in the world. The trash took out itself.

  35. MangoAngelesque says:

    If Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes resolved their divorce in a matter of several weeks, there’s no reason this comedian and his ex can’t do the same, unless there is an acrimonious situation.

    Which, in her shoes, I’d totally understand. Not to keep him around, but to make life annoying for for him and his girlfriend.

    I mean, for regular folks, yes, normal divorces can take time. But these are people with money and well-paid lawyers, and that speeds things up if there are no reasons to slow it down deliberately.

  36. florencia says:

    This sounds like it’s been a heartbreaking situation all around (the break-up as well as them both going to rehab for different issues), why would anyone want to make it more upsetting by being petty and drawing out the divorce?! Not to mention these are people who once loved each other, looking to hurt the person out of spite is an ugly f*cking instinct and I’m definitely side eyeing all of you that are inclined towards that kind of nastiness.