Why Julia Roberts Was Unable To Present George Clooney His AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney was joined by friends, family, and former colleagues on Thursday (June 7) as he was presented with the American Film Institute’s 2018 Life Achievement Award but there was one notable absence from the ceremony – Julia Roberts.

It was previously announced that Roberts — one of Clooney’s longtime collaborators — would present the award to the 57-year-old actor and director at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute, which took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. However, the “Pretty Woman” star couldn’t make it.

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“Julia Roberts is regretfully unable to attend this evening’s AFI Life Achievement Award honouring George Clooney,” a spokesperson for AFI told E! News. “Ms. Roberts is currently in production and due to a change in schedule, it was not possible to participate as planned.”

The 50-year-old actress is currently in California filming the upcoming Amazon series “Homecoming,” a psychological thriller based on a podcast (of the same name) created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The series will mark Roberts’ television debut.

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Roberts and Clooney have starred together in a number of movies, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Money Monster.” Clooney also cast the Academy Award-winning actress in his directorial debut, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” in 2003.

Actor George Clooney (R) is introduced on stage by his father Nick Clooney at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor George Clooney (R) is introduced on stage by his father Nick Clooney at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine stepped in for Roberts at the AFI event, presenting the award to the popular actor, while Clooney’s father Nick, a journalist and anchorman, made a speech honouring his son for his wonderful achievement.

Clooney’s wife Amal was also on hand and delivered a rare personal speech about their relationship.

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Many of Clooney’s former co-stars came out to support their famous friend, including Jennifer Aniston, Bill Murray, Don Cheadle, Anna Kendrick, Richard Kind, and Julianna Margulies.

“The 46th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney” will air on TNT on Thursday, June 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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