Is Katharine McPhee cheating on her husband with her married ‘Smash’ director?


Katharine McPhee just got “caught” by a paparazzo. She was “caught” making out with a man – go here to see TMZ’s photos. That man is Michael Morris, and he’s a director on NBC’s Smash. So, what’s the big deal? Both Katharine and Michael are married… to other people. Michael Morris is married to actress Mary McCormack, who I know best from The West Wing & In Plain Sight. They have three kids together. Katharine is married to a 47-year-old producer and they don’t have any kids. WTF is going on?

Katharine McPhee is dating her former “Smash” director Michael Morris, TMZ has learned … and they’re even making out in public — problem is, THEY’RE BOTH MARRIED TO OTHER PEOPLE.

Morris is married to actress Mary McCormack (who played Howard Stern’s wife in “Private Parts”) … and they have 3 young daughters together, ages 2, 6 and 9.

29-year-old Katharine is married to 47-year-old producer Nick Cokas — they have no children.

Sources close to Katharine and Nick tell TMZ … the two have been separated for 6 months and are living apart. They were married in 2008.

It’s unclear where Michael’s relationship with Mary stands — but it seems it’s also on the ropes, because over the weekend he was sucking face with Katharine in broad daylight in L.A. like he didn’t care who saw.

The two weren’t shy with the PDA either — holding hands and cuddling each other in Hollywood.

So far, no official comment from any of the parties involved.

[From TMZ]

Mary McCormack is on Twitter, but she’s only been tweeting about work stuff (her last TV show was just canceled). I don’t see anything announcing any kind of split. So… huh. What’s weird is that if you look at TMZ’s photos, it doesn’t seem like Katharine and Michael feel they have anything to hide. So maybe they’re flaunting their relationship, or trying to drum up some media hits or something. I don’t know. I don’t know how to read this. Other than shouting “homewreckers!” at them, of course.

PS… Didn’t Smash destroy Debra Messing’s marriage too? What is it with that show?




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  1. bns says:

    They don’t look like they mind being papped. Maybe he’s separated, too.

  2. lisa says:

    the first remotely interesting thing mcphee has done

  3. blue marie says:

    Just a bunch of hormones and humping going on over there eh? If true, gross behavior on both their parts.

    *Just a random note, I love Mary McCormack but never know who she is until I see a photo (pretty lame on my part)

  4. Tiffany says:

    No one cheats on Mary Shannon!!! *sigh* I miss that show.

  5. aims says:

    yeah, there full on kissing. No mistaking it as a friendly, brother or sister kiss. This will get interesting. Firstly, don’t get involved with a married man. Secondly, don’t get involved with a married coworker. Just some friendly advice.

  6. Jayna says:

    Well, it’s obvious they were, but are now out in the open. So he must have left his wife too. I always wondered about Mary McCormack’s marriage. In interviews with Howard Stern they seemed to spend a lot of time apart with Mary on location in another state with another TV show and he at the time was directing a play and then all stress of three little ones added in the mix juggling that between them while off on location. I never understood how they were making it work when I would hear her in interviews. Howard didn’t either. She just said that kind of marriage worked for them. I guess it didn’t work.

  7. Dawn says:

    Okay so I really like Mary so I am sad to hear that he is a cheat and also I have to say I like Katherine’s hair! That’s it.

  8. Another Ann says:

    Did she learn nothing from Kristen Stewart?

    It will be interesting to see if the slut shamers come for her too. In this case, she is married too, as well as her douche director/lover with the wife and kids at home.

    It’s bad enough they’re involved in a sordid affair, but to publicly flaunt it, especially when there are children involved – that’s gross.

    • Tig says:

      Well, she must have learned something bec there’s was no desperation “apology” released to People or some other mag- at least not yet!

      On the other, pretty rephrensible behavoir on both their parts, assuming their relay got cranking while they were both with their respective spouses. And I love MM as an actress.

    • Merritt says:

      She is separated from her husband. However I don’t know if he is also separated. If they are both separated, then it is not a “sordid affair”.

      • Another Ann says:

        Except – there are kids involved. Since he clearly isn’t officialy separated, and he and McPhee are both still married, they shouldn’t be flaunting their affair. It’s tacky.

        If they were both separated prior to their relationship, that should have been made known before they went public themselves. Then, there would have been no gossip about it, and it would have spared the exes and the kids.

      • Merritt says:

        @Another Ann

        I don’t see why kids is a game changer here. If he is separated, and I have no idea if he is because I’ve never heard of him, then the kids are already aware of that. Just because you are dating someone else doesn’t mean you have introduced them to your children. Divorces can take years in some cases, is a separated person with kids supposed to wait all of that time to date someone else? That is ridiculous.

        I don’t know that this is exactly going public. Yes they were in public, but they weren’t at an event.

    • St says:

      The thing is – nobody really cared about that Rupert guy and his betrayed wife. Some pretend they did but it was lie. And the only reason why everything was that crazy with Kristen Stewart’s cheating is because on WHO did she cheat. If Kristen would date some C-list or not famous person then people would forget about it quickly. But it was the most adored teen idol on earth. That’s why people couln’t let go. The whole situation was just hilarious. And also people really hated Kristen before cheating. And it was reason to hate her officially.

      No one cares about this Katharine Mcphee. She is not married to some Zac Efron, Harry Styles or Chris Hemsworth. That director is not married to Taylor Swift, Natalis Portman or Anne Hethaway. So no one will really care.

  9. Liberty says:

    Well you know, stuff, art, things and like, work and stuff, art, souls. You know! Things! Work! Like, happens.

  10. LL says:

    Does anyone else get the gay vibe from him when they are walking towards the camera in one of those last pics??

  11. Garrett says:

    This just shows that no one in Hollywood can hold a relationship.

  12. Beatrice says:

    Sounds like a page out of last season’s Smash script.

  13. Merritt says:

    McPhee is separated from her husband and has been for several months. I have no idea if he is separated from his wife though. If they are both separated then I don’t think there is anything to see here. However if he is not separated, then he is a jerk.

  14. anotherrandom says:

    With how public they’re being, I’m sure both are separated. I mean, they weren’t trying to be incognito in a park, they were on some busy street. I’m sure a “we’re separated” statement will come out soon for both parties.

  15. Sarah says:

    apart from K-Stew you never see pictures like that from people in relationships so these pics could not be cheating. doesnt mean it didnt happen when they were in relationships though.

    i really wonder how people can think a relationship can work if you are that long apart, have multiple children and both demanding careers. a day only has 24 hours. why get married and have children if you see each other twice a year?…

  16. Rita says:

    What’s going on??? I really like Katharine so I hope this is all just crap but one theory is that his wife refuses to separate or give him a divorce so they are forcing her hand with this humiliating PDA.

    If true, I was completely wrong about Katharine being a nice person.

    It’s a page right out of LeAnn Rimes’ Handbook for Home Wreckers….aka How to destroy your career and reputation in one easy step.

  17. Tiffany says:

    How did the press get tipped off to these photos. It is not like McPhee is a high target for pap photos.

  18. holly hobby says:

    I knew her marriage to that old, loser husband of hers wouldn’t last. At the time, the press was calling him an actor but I’ve never seen the guy in anything.

    It’s unfortunate she chose to end her marriage by getting involved with a married man. Shame on the man also. How can you do this to your wife and KIDS?

    McFeever strikes me as a social climber. I wouldn’t be surprised she’s with this guy so she can advance her career.

    Lady, you’re boring you don’t have it. Drop out of the industry already. At one time she looked like Catherine Zeta-Jones but she doesn’t now.

  19. anoano says:

    And yet Katherine McPhee is still boring. Amazing how such a pretty girl has no ommph and is so dull. She’s like a pretty wrapping around an empty bos.

  20. renata says:

    Not sure if I get why this is supposedly a “big deal’. First and foremost, there’s not anything in those photos that even remotely suggests either one of them believes they have something to hide. I see some here trying to make it out to be another kstew-type story, but there’s no hiding in the back seat of a car here, or going to a park where they thought no one was around.

    Second, I know people that have separated, and there’s nothing uncommon about them dating. Why should it be any different for McPhee? Besides, she did marry a guy almost 2x her age, so why should anyone be surprised when it peters out? Even when she was on Idol she tried to “hide” her then future husband, so who knows where these 2 were at?

    As for him, I know nothing about the man or his marriage, but if he’s out in the open in the middle of Hollywood in broad daylight he probably didn’t believe something all that scandalous was going on….. so why should we?

  21. Cinderella says:

    Is this how she got the role to begin with? I can’t imagine how else.

  22. taxi says:

    I’m automatically suspicious of anyone who’s close friends with Chelsea Handler.