Looks like someone didn’t get the hint.
One of the more unexpected Christmas gifts this season comes via Sean Hunter, a.k.a. the “Peloton husband.” In a spectacular moment we can only comprehend as an epic troll job or just a piece of good humor, the actor from that bike ad (you know the one we’re talking about) gifted his real-life girlfriend an actual Peloton bike for the holiday and posted about it on Instagram.
“Here’s hoping this goes over better the second time…. Merry Christmas to my actual girlfriend (pls don’t leave me),” Hunter wrote.
Hunter starred in the infamous Peloton ad with actress Monica Ruiz as his on-screen wife. The commercial centered around a husband gifting his super skinny wife one of these $2,000-plus stationary bikes for Christmas. She then records herself using the bike and makes a video for her husband showing her… progress, maybe?
Folks on the internet were quick to dunk all over this ad and its tone-deaf husband, and then Ryan Reynolds, in his infinite wisdom, tapped Ruiz for a pseudo-sequel. She appeared to reprise her Peloton role in a commercial for Reynolds’ Aviation Gin that saw the “Peloton wife” getting drunk with her friends after splitting with her husband for giving her a bike for Christmas.
“Looks like a successful Christmas gift to us!” the official Instagram account for Peloton commented on Hunter’s post. “We hope you love it, and we’re so glad you’re a part of the Peloton family!”
Since the ad went viral for all the wrong reasons, Ruiz booked a role on The Bold and the Beautiful and appeared opposite Reynolds on the TODAY show to talk about her insta-stardom.
Hunter also appeared on Good Morning America‘s Strahan, Sara and Keke and wrote a blog post for Psychology Today in which he stated, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My 5 seconds of air time created an array of malicious feedback that is all associated with my face.”
“Unfortunately,” he added, “the problem is that viewers can mistake an actor as that person after they’ve seen them on television instead of a person given a script with no opinion on what they are being told to portray.”
Seems like now he’s in better spirits.