Gina Neely, of the successful Food Network show Down Home With The Neelys, has filed for divorce from her TV partner and husband, Pat Neely. According to WJHL, court documents confirm that Gina Neely filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences. The Memphis, Tennessee, duo confirmed the news of their divorce with the following statement released today.
“Today we announce that we are ending our marriage of 20 years for irreconcilable differences. This was a tough decision, but we believe it is the best decision for us. As parents of two beautiful adult daughters that we love dearly, we will continue to be involved in each other’s lives as parents and friends. Together we have built a strong brand as The Neely’s. Moving forward our focus will be on our individual brands and we are optimistic about our respective futures. We ask for your prayers as we go through this transition and honor our request for privacy at this time.”
The news comes as a shock to many Down Home With The Neelys fans who have followed the Food Network couple for several years, though some deep in the celebrity gossip world predicted a divorce was pending a year ago with the announcement that their barbecue restaurant chain would be closing.
The couple became nationally known after the debut of their show Down Home With The Neelys on February 2, 2008. Many Food Network fans were sickened by the couple’s over-the-top sexual overtones, such as Pat Neely grabbing Gina by the waist, giving her kisses and calling her baby, constantly. Some have even accused the overly-loving Pat Neely of being either gay or a serial cheater, according to Gay Or Straight. None of the accusations have ever been proven. Here is what some Food Network Addicts are saying about the upcoming celebrity divorce.
“I knew all that lovey dovey stuff was a sham….happy married couples to not foreplay on national t.v. while preparing food….!!! my 17yr olds would even go “ewwww”mom, what are you watchin???lol..yes it is sad but really????”
“their flirtation is over the top day or night. it just doesn’t fit.”
“Ugh, I can’t stand this show, or The Neeley’s! They need to either tone it down, or get off the air! Not one person I know, likes them.”
The disturbing news of their impending divorce has fans speculating on the real reason for the couple’s permanent separation. Fans are also expressing their disappointment and sadness over Pat Neely and Gina Neely’s divorce on social media.
“I hope they don’t cancel that show.”
“I hate to hear this. They seemed like they were really in love.”
“I have never been married…and can’t even fix my mouth to speak on how hard it must be, but this saddens me. Wiz and Amber! Mariah and Nick! The list goes on but the Neelys! Noooooo! What about that “for worse” part? No judgment…but have we looked at the definition of worse?”
Gina Neely, who has undergone a drastic physical transformation that includes a new hair color, new makeup, and weight loss, has kept herself busy with several business projects. As for Pat Neely, he also has some upcoming projects. Reportedly, the two will continue working on some brands that they have established together.
The announcement of the Neely’s divorce comes on the heels of news of Kris and Bruce Jenner’s divorce, as well as Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa’s divorce, according to an earlier report by the Inquisitr.