Annehatha_jeffr_16067556_600Anne Hathaway had been silent about the legal problems with her ex-beau, Raffaello Follieri, who was convicted of several counts of fraud.

But just minutes into her recent "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue, she joked, "I broke up with my boyfriend … and two weeks later he was sent to prison for fraud … I mean, we’ve all been there, right, ladies?"

Why’d she do it?

“I thought it was important to make light of the elephant in the room,” Hathaway told Access Hollywood at the Elle Women in Hollywood event Monday night.

“If we didn’t do it right off the bat, people might be sitting there wondering when we were going to do it — and if we were going to do it — and they might not listen to the show … and it was a great show.”

She looked at the skit as a chance to put the past behind her. With humor. Now maybe everyone will stop asking her about that guy.

“I also just wanted to tell everyone, ‘OK, this is it, I’m done. I don’t want to talk about it anymore, please don’t ask me about it,'” said the actress who will star in Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland," along with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

“Obviously, I’m fine with it if I can make fun of it on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ So, I’m ready to move on and I thought that was a great way to let everybody know that.” 

What do you think? Was it funny or tacky?

I mean, the guy is facing some major behind-bars time and they were — at one point —  in love.

Is this a case of "Hell hath no fury like a woman fooled"?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead