Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight, who met on The Surreal Life 4 and went on to chronicle their relationship and eventual marriage in three seasons of the VH1 show My Fair Brady, have responded to Florence Henderson’s criticism of their marriage.
Henderson talked about their relationship briefly last Tuesday while talking to critics about her new Hallmark movie. Here’s what she said, according to the transcript provided to members of the Television Critics Association:
QUESTION: What do you think of your TV children’s move into reality television?
FLORENCE HENDERSON: You see this face? Um, uh, well, I don’t know. I think it’s a double-edged sword. I mean, actors want to work, and I think one of you mentioned when you’ve done roles that are so popular, it’s very difficult sometimes to move on. And, uh, I understand why they do it, but because of my — my television son Chris Knight, when he was doing “The Surreal Life,” and, you know, he’s like my son, and his mother had passed away and he was very involved with this — this person that he met on “The Surreal Life.” And — and they were trying to actually, I think, force him to get engaged. And he called me, and he said, “Would you come and, uh, just counsel us?” I’m a certified hypnotherapist. And I said, “Chris, I really don’t want to do reality television. I’ve never done it.” And he said, “Please, if you would just do this for me.” So I went and I counseled them. They didn’t take my advice at all. As you know, if you watch reality television, they did get engaged and they did get married. And they asked if I would come and counsel them before the marriage, and I said, “No, but maybe I’ll come and counsel the divorce.”
So anyway, then they asked me to come and do a few “Surreal Life”s and act as the therapist on it. And I thought that would be interesting, because I’ve been in television for so many years, I mean, I’ve seen everything change in television forever. And I had never done reality television, and I did it, and, uh, I don’t have to do it again, I don’t think.
Adrianne’s publicist released a response, but the couple’s responses are much more entertaining. On her blog, Adrianne wrote, “I expect more class from a woman like her. If she tried to sling mud at me, she has shown a lack of respect for my husband as well. Sounds like someone is trying to stir shit for publicity for her tv movie.” She also wrote, “Florence was NEVER invited to come counsel us! (She offered it during the first seaon and to not INSULT her, I acted like I cared.”
On his blog, Christopher Knight wrote a more measured response, essentially saying that he hopes the two women will reconcile. Here’s part of it:
“Although we met under the most unlikely circumstances, our romance then and relationship now is as real as any that ever been created. … It hurts me deeply that someone that I have loved and respected for so many years; someone that has held an esteemed position in my life, would discuss overtly negative personal opinions about my marriage in a public forum. … My love for Adrianne may have emerged and blossomed from uniquely odd circumstances. Yet the challenges this has created for us seem to pale in comparison to the challenge this has created for some persons to believe in us. It is no secret Florence and Adrianne do not see eye to eye. In truth, I can empathize with both sets of views. But….in the struggle I have hoping one day these two women will bridge their generation and philosophical differences, calling my marriage a sham helps so very little.”