The Buzz Around Catherine Reitman's Lips: Unraveling the Rumors Around Her Botched Surgery

Anna Quintana - Author

Dec. 14 2023, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

Catherine Reitman visits Build Studio on February 20, 2019 in NYC.
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The Gist:

  • Catherine Reitman stars in all seven seasons of Netflix's Workin' Moms.
  • Catherine's lips tend to be a topic of discussion each time a new season of Workin' Moms drops on Netlix.
  • Some rumors suggest Catherine has a bad reaction to lip fillers, and, as a result, she developed something called granulomas on on the sides of her lips.
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Every time a new season of Workin' Moms drops on Netflix, it's not long before viewers take to the Internet to cyberbully lead actress Catherine Reitman for her lips.

"I’m trying to watch Workin’ Moms but Catherine Reitman’s upper lip is so strange that it’s actually irritating me," one person rudely wrote on Twitter, before another tweeted, "What the hell happened to Catherine Reitman’s top lip?? I’ve been trying to watch Workin' Moms but her lip is really creeping me out." So, what's the deal with her lips? Unraveling the rumors.

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The cast of 'Workin' Moms' sitting on colorful chairs.
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So, what is wrong with Catherine Reitman's lips?

While Catherine has made fun of her own lips on the Canadian series, she has never spoken out publicly about her pout or the online shaming she experiences because of her upper lip.

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There are even rumors online that Catherine was the victim of a rogue plastic surgeon, and was actually helped by Botched doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. However, this has never been confirmed.

Over on Reddit, a user (who goes by the name -spookyxghost-) explained that Catherine got lip fillers but had a bad reaction to them. The Redditor adds, "She developed granulomas on on the sides of her lips. They kept getting larger and more painful, so she had the lip filler removed, but that scar tissue is still there on the sides." Per the Cleveland Clinic, "a granuloma is an area of inflammation."

Again, this has not been confirmed, but it does sound plausible.

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Catherine Reitman's fans defend her (and her lips) on social media constantly.

The shaming against the actress is constant, so it is no surprise that her fans come to her defense constantly — and love that she can laugh about rumors. "Catherine Reitman making fun of her lips, in her own damn show is the equivalent of roasting yourself about something you're sensitive about before your friends can," one fan commented.

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Another chimed in, "Catherine Reitman is f--king hilarious and does not deserve to be cyberbullied by these shallow a-- people who say her lips are ruining the show. F--k all you mean a-- h--s."


Catherine Reitman young wearing a Minnie Mouse shirt.
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A young Catherine Reitman sporting a Minnie Mouse shirt.

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Botched plastic surgery aside, does Catherine Reitman have kids?

Catherine used her experience with postpartum depression to create Workin' Moms and was determined to laugh through the pain.

"By fleshing out my sadness, exposing the strange and funny angles to it, I began to recognize the 'me' that I was prior to having my son," she wrote in an essay in Glamour magazine (which has since been taken down). "So I committed to retelling the postpartum scenes I had lived, but with one glaring change: I wrote myself as four different characters who I knew would outgrow this period."

Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg attend the 2019 International Emmy Awards Gala.
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Catherine Reitman and her husband Philip Sternberg

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She continued, "While I felt hopelessness, 'Kate Foster' would persevere. She could outwit her darkest moments while rocking a skirt suit that screamed 'I know who I am!' I could sit in a pile of fear and tears at my computer, but the women I scribed were barreling forward and speaking their truths." 

Catherine, who is married to Philip Sternberg, is the mom of two sons — Jackson and Liam — and is the sister of director Jason Reitman, best known for his films Juno and Up in the Air.

Her father is famed director Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cop, and produced classics such as Space Jam and Animal House.

NBD. We'll be streaming Workin' Moms on Netflix now.

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