Fans of the Oxygen reality show Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood have seen the promo clips for this season’s show, which show Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott squabbling and questioning their relationship. On last week’s episode, the couple even acknowledged that they are “disconnected”. But is there really trouble in paradise?
Spelling and McDermott have been the subject of tabloid fodder since Day 1. It’s no secret that both left their former spouses for each other, after meeting on the set of Lifetime movie, Mind Over Murder. McDermott’s ex-wife , Mary Jo Eustace, even wrote of her husband’s betrayal in an essay for the book ‘The Other Woman” and later wrote of meeting Spelling for the first time in her book, “Divorce Sucks What to do when irreconcilable differences, lawyer fees, and your ex’s Hollywood wife make you miserable.
But despite it all, Tori and Dean have maintained a loyal following who no doubt enjoy watching them as they raise their young family on their reality show, which is now in its fifth season.
So is the footage showing the couple’s relationship problems for real? I always find it interesting when actors have their own reality show. While the show may not be scripted, actors know what it takes to make their show more interesting and they are fully aware of the cameramen in their bedroom while they’re having their marital arguments. If Spelling and McDermott were really in the throes of divorce, I’d think they’d have the power to tell the cameras to stop rolling.
Spelling told Access Hollywood last month that the divorce rumors are untrue and even added that more children are not out of the question for the couple (they have two children, Liam and Stella) while OK Magazine published photos of the couple walking hand in hand in New York City earlier this month.
And during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, the couple flatly debunked the divorce rumors but acknowledged that they have no problem letting fans see every aspect of their relationship- arguments and all. Of the couple’s marriage, McDermott told DeGeneres, “We are so together.”
Of course, if something is going on behind the scenes, it wouldn’t be the first time a real life breakup was announced on a reality show. Last summer, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation on a “very special episode” of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Anything for ratings, I guess!
Last week the L.A. Times reported that the ABC network is working on a daytime talk show deal for Spelling. Does that mean this will be the final season of Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood?
Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Oxygen
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, April 19, 2010