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VIDEO: Steve Slater’s Ex-Wife Says He’s “A Great, Fantastic Person”

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Steve Slater’s ex-wife Cynthia Susanne told The Today Show Thursday that her ex-hubby’s a “consummate flight attendant” and a “stellar individual and a gentleman” who must have been provoked after a testy run-in with a rude passenger, to curse over the plane’s PA system, activate an emergency slide, grab a beer and slide off the plane.

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Susanne was high school sweethearts with Slater — the JetBlue fight attendant whose meltdown has become the talk of the country — and their marriage lasted less than a year.

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After a passenger told the NBC show in a phone interview that  Slater  had been grouchy while tending to passengers on Monday’s flight, Susanne said that as well as she knows the 38-year-old New Yorker, she does “not believe that he was rude to anyone.”

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Asked about the reports that Slater is a recovering alcoholic, Susanne said she doesn’t “believe Steven to have a problem with alcohol or substance abuse … he handled it beautifully if that’s the case. Like I said, he’s just such a great, fantastic person.”

Susanne said that the meltdown must have been an “indicative sign of how frustrated he must have been — I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this passenger was a nightmare.”

Susanne said that flight attendants should be treated better than what she’s witnessed.

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“They are not waitresses of the sky,” she said. “Not to serve you peanuts,  but to help get you off that plane if there’s an emergency … they are there to save your life. They should have that respect.”

Susanne said she think Slater is “fantastic — I know he will handle this with all the grace and humility he has. He’s in the bubble right now — I know he will come through this just fine.”

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