Reese Witherspoon’s Marriage Died Because Of A Streaming Service?

Reese Witherspoon's husband, Jim Toth, left his job with CAA to join Quibi, the ill-fated short-form video streaming service that lost $2 billion in six months against her advice.

By Sean Thiessen | Published

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Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, plan to file for divorce. The Your Place or Mine actress announced the divorce on Instagram on March 24, 2023, but a report from RadarOnline claims the split has been brewing for years. Insiders say the trouble began when Toth left his longtime job at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he spent time repping stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson for the now-defunct streaming service, Quibi.

Toth reportedly ended his 23-year tenure with CAA in 2019 to jump aboard Quibi, a new streaming service with a focus on mobile viewing and short-form content. Quibi had a lot going for it; it was started by the business-savvy Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman and boasted nearly $2 billion from investors. But many, including Reese Witherspoon, were skeptical of the idea.

Apparently, Toth assured Reese Witherspoon that he was confident in his choice to join Quibi, despite concerns around the industry that the service’s model was unsustainable; short-form content has long been notoriously difficult to monetize. Toth’s decision led to the start of the couple’s tension.

Quibi made a fast, expensive foray into the content game with projects starring the likes of Kevin Hart, Chrissy Teigan, Anna Kendrick, and Laurence Fishburne. Some of its shows received positive reviews, with #FreeRayshawn earning two Emmy awards. But only six months after it launched, Quibi failed.

Reese Witherspoon warned Toth of the risk he was taking in leaving an established career for a new venture, and the endeavor went about as badly as it could have. Since then, the tension between Witherspoon and Toth has reportedly grown to an unacceptable level.

The struggles highlighted personality differences; Reese Witherspoon is driven and career-focused, and Toth has been described as laid back in demeanor. The pair reportedly lead essentially separate lives, with Witherspoon’s packed work schedule said to contribute to the couple’s decision to split.

The description of the couple as cold and passionless paints a very different picture compared to 2011, when Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth first met. The couple was said to have had a fast and passionate start to their marriage, which yielded one child, Tennessee James Toth.

In her Instagram post, Reese Witherspoon stressed that raising Tennessee was her and Jim’s priority and that they intended to continue to do so amicably. Witherspoon will do so while continuing to act and produce under her Hello Sunshine production banner.

Reese Witherspoon has become a prolific producer recently, with many more TV and film projects on the way. Highlights from her busy slate include the long-awaited sequel Legally Blonde 3, Disney’s live-action Tinker Bell, a comedy team-up with Will Ferrell titled You’re Cordially Invited, and the third season of The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth have not legally filed for divorce, but the proceedings seem imminent after the star’s latest post on Instagram. She signed off the post by thanking fans for respecting her and her family’s privacy during the difficult weeks to come.