Amazon's new first lady has been a part of the “Extra” family for years, from her days as a weekend host to her recent visit for the kickoff of our 25th-anniversary season.
Lauren and her estranged husband Patrick Whitesell, who is the co-CEO of WME, have been friends with the Bezoses for years, and were even photographed together in 2016.
Jeff and Lauren reportedly got close over the past few months, after Lauren and her husband separated.
Patrick Whitesell, Lauren Sanchez & Jeff Bezos in 2016.
Meanwhile, Jeff and MacKenzie made it clear in their statement that they had been separated for a “long period.”
Lauren, a chopper pilot, recently launched a new career with her production company Black Ops Aviation, which shoots aerials for film and television via helicopter.
Sanchez and Bezos reportedly became close after he hired her to shoot aerials for one of his projects. She had been working on a documentary about his life.
Now, Bezos is at the center of the world's most expensive divorce.
Bezos quit his job and moved to Seattle to launch Amazon in the '90s, and is now the richest man on earth, to the tune of $140 billion.
Jeff will likely split his fortune with MacKenzie, as they didn't have a prenup and live in a community property state.
The exes, who have four children, own a 5-acre estate in Medina on Lake Washington near Seattle. They also own a $24.5-million mansion in Beverly Hills and recently bought a pair of Washington, D.C., mansions for $23 million. Bezos was spending millions to renovate the 27,000-square-foot property.
Jeff's adversary, President Trump, commented on the split today.
Trump, who is twice-divorced, told reporters outside the White House, “I wish him luck. It's going to be a beauty!”