As details of the utterly botched affair between Steve Phillips and Brooke Hundley emerge, two patterns seem to become clearer. One: Phillips probably had no business ever hooking up with a 22-year-old, much less a co-worker. Two: He certainly underestimated Hundley’s crazy.
As the NEW YORK POST continues its investigation, it looks like Hundley’s posing as a high school classmate of Phillips’ son wasn’t an isolated incident; she appears to have a knack for assuming new identities online, identities crafted for the sole purpose of getting into the Phillips’ life and breaking up the marriage. Next stop: CRAIGSLIST.COM; why, where else is someone supposed to hire a phone stalker for $50?
After ESPN talking head Steve Phillips dumped his portly, production-assistant lover, the jilted woman posted a Craigslist ad offering $50 for someone to call Phillips’ wife and cruelly taunt her, The Post has learned.
A Connecticut waitress answered the ad for the “urgent job,” which didn’t mention Phillips and was posted on Aug. 5 by ESPN employee and ex-Phillips lover Brooke Hundley.
Hundley hid her identity by calling herself “Kelly Burns” — and even provided the woman a script to read over the phone, the waitress said yesterday.
“She wanted someone to call her ‘friend’ that night to say her husband was cheating on her,” Courtney Arp, of Bristol, told The Post.
See, it’s funny because they’re not friends; in fact, a fistfight between Marni Phillips and Hundley would be one of the greatest things we’ve ever seen. Women fight dirty; we know this.
When Hundley actually sent the script, it seemed oddly similar to the letter she had left for Marni Phillips; Hundley’s up on staying on message, which is always the mark of a jilted affair partner in broadcast media.
The script in question? Why yes, we do have it:
Just so you have it, here’s what I wrote up for the call, the location is subject to change that’s where they’ve been meeting every time, but he seemed a little skittish in his texts like his wife was getting suspicious so I’ll let you know if anything changes:
Phone number: [REDACTED]
“Hi is Marni available? (If they ask who you are say you work with Steve and it’s very important you speak with her)
Hi Marni, I work with your husband, sorry to be calling so late, but I have some pretty important information I feel you need to know. As you can probably tell Steve hasn’t been himself lately…(pause and act like this is really hard for you to tell her)
It’s because he’s cheating on you with a young woman at our work. They text back and forth all day when he’s in the office and they both rush out of here when he’s done for the day. I followed them once because they had been acting super strange and saw them get together in his car down the block. I checked her texts and if you want to catch them tonight they are planning to meet after the show at 12:30ish in the target parking lot off of I-84 just down from work.
He said in the text they’ll have to rush since his family is waiting up for him, so you might want to get there early to find them. Sorry to have to be the one to tell you, just thought you should know, and I hope you can put a stop to him chasing around all the young woman who work here.”
(The big thing on this is to act like you’re having a hard time telling her this and you feel just absolutely awful I really need her to see that this isn’t some prank, but an actual woman who’s seen it all. In all honestly he’s a disgusting bastard who’s already come clean about a series of affairs he had and she took him back once, I just need her to finally see he hasn’t changed, he’s just gotten better at cheating).
The Post characterizes this as a “cruel taunt,” and while that may be how some take it, it doesn’t seem like Hundley’s main intent is to make Mrs. Phillips feel bad; it looks like she really just wants to break up the marriage. And in its weird, sick way, it worked.