By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Gene Simmons made a very emotional visit to his father’s grave in Israel recently, which was documented on his reality show, and RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained a sneak peek.
In Tuesday’s episode of the A & E hit show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Shannon and Nick join Gene when he returns to the city of his birth, Haifa, Israel for the first time in over 50 years to receive an award.
While there, Shannon has a few surprises planned for Gene, including a family reunion. Gene also attempts to make peace with his feelings about his father.
Gene visits his father’s grave with his sisters, girlfriend Shannon Tweed, and their son, Nick.
Viewers of the show will see a very different side to the KISS rocker as he breaks down crying at the grave, and apologizes repeatedly: “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so f*cking stupid. I’m so stupid. I didn’t run away from my kids, I didn’t run away from the kids, I’m a good father.”
“You would be proud, you would be proud. My mother is 85 years old and still loves you.”
Gene’s father died in 2002 but it is obvious the reality star is still pained by the loss. “I have been arrogant about a lot of things, especially my father,” he explains. “I wanted to prove to myself and everybody else and to my father that I didn’t need him….unfortunately I didn’t see my father until I stood over his grave, and that was not easy.”
Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Blood is Thicker Than Hummus, will air on Tuesday night at 10 pm on A & E.