The Real Divorces of TV

Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage might not go so well together on The Real Housewives reality series, with Ramona and Mario Singer, of The Real Housewives of New York, the latest to be tested by allegations of cheating (by Mario) and threats of divorce. For the moment, the two appear to have reconciled. Others did not fare as well. Whether due to the stress of living onscreen, and the resulting magnification of any issues, or just bad twists of fate, the following marriages did not benefit from being on TV.

Jeana and Matt Keough – The first marriage casualty came from the first in the Real Housewives franchise—Orange County. Former professional baseball player, Keough, ended his baseball career, as he nearly ended his life, with a foul ball hitting him on the right temple while sitting in the dugout. Alcohol has been his demon ever since, and the DUI arrests have been many. Jeana had enough.

Porsha and Kordell Stewart – This marriage between the former NFL player and Real Housewives of Atlanta newcomer lasted less than two years, with Kordell wanting out. One issue may have been his very controlling nature. She received no alimony and no assets.

Camille and Kelsey Grammer – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Camille Grammer, discovered on the show that Kelsey was leaving her for another woman—flight attendant, Kayte Walsh (now his current wife, 25 years his junior and pregnant with their second child). A two-year, very contentious divorce settlement battle followed this revelation.

The Count & Countess de Lesseps – The Count was cheating on Real Housewives of New York star, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, with an Ethiopian princess, no less. Viewers did not see this split coming, as no signs of discord were visible on the show. He simply appeared to travel a lot for business.

Tamra and Simon Barney – What went wrong for these seemingly very compatible Real Housewives of Orange County stars? Simon served the divorce papers after 11 years of marriage claiming Tamra “has been verbally abusive and has committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity”. Their financial and family problems played out on the show.

Vicki and Donn Gunvalson – This Real Housewife of Orange County parted on amicable terms with Donn. “It’s just time,” she said. She blames the show for her marital problems.

NeNe and Gregg Leakes – Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe divorced and then remarried Gregg.
She says she had to follow through with the divorce because of his wandering eye. “Gregg needed to feel what it was like without me. I wanted to let him see if the grass was really greener on the other side. He brought his a** back, because the grass is very brown over there.” Gregg says he fought to get his family back together and thinks viewers learned from viewing their experience on the show.

Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif – Nassif filed for divorce, after 10 years of marriage, from his Real Housewives of Beverly Hills wife. The custody battle for their three children turned very nasty with each side leveling accusations about guns, insults, and alleged mistreatment of the children. Eventually Adrienne was granted custody, with Paul having visitation rights.

Taylor and Russell Armstrong – This union ended very tragically for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her husband. Russell responded to divorce allegations of hair-pulling and pushing by saying, “This show has really pushed us to the limit.” Under great pressure both from financial issues and the impending divorce, Russell committed suicide.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi – The Real Housewives of D.C. This one-time couple holds the distinctions of appearing on the only one of the real housewife franchises that has been cancelled and the only one having White House Gate crashers as cast members —they walked uninvited into a State dinner. Michaele left her husband for Journey guitarist, Neal Schon whom she had met in the 90’s. Financial problems and the impossibly controlling and erratic behavior of Tareq contributed to the divorce.