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Jeff Bezos pulled a US $20 million Super Bowl ad that was shot by his mistress

Patrick Whitesell, Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos at a party on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Getty)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled the plug on a $20 million ad for his spaceflight company Blue Origin after it was found out that his mistress, American media personality Lauren Sanchez, was involved in shooting footage for the commercial.

Sanchez, a former helicopter pilot, had helped Bezos shoot aerial footage of Blue Origin rocket launches and landings.

“Bezos did shoot a Blue Origin ad, costing around $15 to $20 million, that was scheduled to run during the Super Bowl,” a source told Page Six.

Bezos splashed money on the ad to become close to Sanchez – and then pulled it in embarrassment after news of the affair broke, the source suggested.

“There was talk that he spent so much money on it because he wanted to be close to her. But the speculation is that he pulled the ad because it would be embarrassing because Lauren worked on the ads.”

Nonetheless, the pulled ad didn’t affect Bezos’ attendance at the Super Bowl, where he was spotted without Sanchez.

Bezos announced his official divorce with his wife MacKenie last month after 25 years of marriage, and reportedly began dating Sanchez amid divorce proceedings.

Sanchez is married to top Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell, but they reportedly separated in 2008.

Patrick Whitesell and Lauren Sanchez attend the Universal Music Group 54th Grammy Awards Viewing Reception hosted by Lucian Grainge at private residence on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage via Getty)

The ad spot was eventually picked up by The Washington Post, which shot and produced a 60-second ad within a week that defended the importance of journalism and was narrated by Tom Hanks.

But some people, including at least three Washington Post reporters, expressed concern about the US $10.5 million price tag of the 60-second ad, arguing it would be better spent in the newsroom.

Donald Trump Jr. lashed the ad on Twitter, immediately drawing the ire of Twitter users.

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