The Bachelor host Chris Harrison is himself a bachelor again.
Harrison, 40, and his wife Gwen announced Thursday they are separating after 18-years of marriage.
The couple released a joint statement saying that they have decided to divorce “after much heartfelt consideration, adding, “Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children.”
Harrison and Gwen (Jones) met in college at Oklahoma City University, where he attended on a soccer scholarship. They married in the mid-90s and have two children: Joshua, 9, and Taylor, 7.
The host was accused of cheating back in February 2010 during a Women Tell All special during which ‘fired’ contestant Rozlyn Papa was asked about her “inappropriate behavior” with one of the show’s producers. During the special, Papa accused Harrison of being a “cheater.” Harrison later blew off Papa’s remarks calling it a “cheap shot” and added, “You won’t hear me speak out about Rozlyn any more after this interview.”
Harrison returns as host of the eighth season of The Bachelorette, starring Brad Womack‘s ex-fiancee Emily Maynard when it premieres May 14 on ABC.