Mary McCormack kicked her husband out after he banged Katharine McPhee


A few days ago, we discussed TMZ’s photos of Katharine McPhee making out with her Smash director, Michael Morris. The problem? Katharine McPhee is married to Nick Cokas and Michael Morris is married to actress Mary McCormack. McPhee did some half-assed damage control when the photos were released, claiming that she and her husband have been separated for months now. No one really knew what the deal was with Michael Morris and Mary McCormack though. Were they separated too? Was this a true affair? Well, now we know – Page Six says Mary kicked her husband out of their home when the photos came out:

Actress Mary McCormack threw straying husband Michael Morris out of their Los Angeles home Sunday night after he revealed to her that photos of him smooching younger “Smash” star Katharine McPhee were about to break online, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

Morris, who directed McPhee on NBC’s failed musical series, knew the photos were about to hit because, a source adds, he tried to buy them himself to keep them from ever being seen by the public — and thus ruining his marriage and reputation.

But the horny hubby’s bid was unsuccessful, and TMZ posted the images of him and sexy McPhee enjoying an illicit lip-lock in broad daylight in a Hollywood parking lot.

“Mary threw Michael out of the house on Sunday night when he told her that TMZ had the photos and that they were about to be released,” said an insider.

It wasn’t the only bad news for McCormack, the mother of Morris’ three young children, over the weekend: NBC also canceled her new series, “Welcome to the Family,” after just three weeks on the air due to dismal ratings.

Meantime, McPhee, 29, and her husband, Nick Cokas, 47, have been married since 2008, but reportedly have been amicably separated for months.

A source close to former “American Idol” star McPhee said that after “Smash” was canceled, she headed from New York, where it was filmed, to LA so she could work on her fourth album, which is expected to be released next year. She apparently reunited with Morris there.

Reps for McCormack, Morris and McPhee, and Cokas did not return requests for comment.
McCormack previously starred in USA’s “In Plain Sight,” and she and Morris, her husband of 10 years, split their time between LA and Albuquerque while she starred on the show.

Beyond his “Smash” credit, Morris was a producer on ABC’s drama series “Brothers & Sisters,” featuring McCormack’s actor brother Will McCormack.

[From Page Six]

Ugh, this Michael Morris guy seems like such a douchebag. While I can’t say I approve of Mary’s latest TV shows or her unfortunate bangs, I will always love her because of The West Wing. I have a knee-jerk love for every actor who ever appeared on The West Wing. It’s why I still love Allison Janney so much, it’s why I’m absolutely thrilled whenever Bradley Whitford or Richard Schiff turn up in small roles in various movies, and it’s why I want good things for Mary McCormack. He’s a loser, Mary. Divorce the bastard and take him to the cleaners. Then find a good TV project.



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  1. Hubbahun says:

    with you 100% – love you, Mary! Bring back the West Wing, that’s what I say! :D xx

  2. Andrea says:

    A parking lot in broad daylight in LA? So not only is he a cheating douche but he’s a stupid cheating douche.

  3. Frida_K says:

    What a shame. I feel for a woman who has three children and a husband who makes out with some cute young thing in public…I wonder how his children will feel when they are old enough to find these photos online?


  4. David99 says:

    This sucks! Why cheat? I hope she cleans him out.

  5. EmmaV1 says:

    The Daily Mail mentioned both couples were separated/living apart so no cheating going on, even if the guy still wore his wedding ring.

    Katherine shouldn’t even have had to release a statement as no one was to blame.

    I find it fascinating this site is so pro gay marriage but then they are so against alternative types of marriages like open marriages (Thicke & Paula) or marriages like this where the couples aren’t together and probably have agreed it’s okay to see other people.

  6. Kim1 says:

    Obviously he doesn’t give a F since they were making out a busy street in the middle of the day

  7. Lisa says:

    This seems like a mess. It’s too bad there are kids involved.

  8. AlmondJoy says:

    I’ve read for years that Kat Mcphee was a famewhore of the worst kind. It was hard to believe because she seems so sweet! Someone on CDAN mentioned that was bangin Simon during her AI years.

    Sidenote: hearing the name Allison Janney makes smile. She’s brilliant in every role she plays, love her!

  9. Christin says:

    I liked her in the Dickie Roberts movie. Wishing her the best.

  10. Lucy2 says:

    I was wondering how that was going to play out. I’m glad she didn’t put up with it, and feel badly for her and the kids. He’s a jerk, and so is Katherine.

  11. Lucy says:

    Didn’t McPhee get with another married man a few years ago or am I crazy??

  12. Tiffany says:

    I had mentioned this on the other thread. Who tipped off the paps. McPhee has never been a tabloid staple and I doubt razzi is driving around hoping of pictures of her. Either way, it is sad for douchebag director’s family.

  13. eliza says:

    Good. Kick him out and find someone decent. These men making out with their mistresses in public places make me lol with their stupidity.

    McPhee is talentless. Good luck finding future employment.

  14. mojoman says:

    I thought the header pic was Maria Bello! what an uncanny resemblance.

  15. fingerbinger says:

    I’ll always like Mary because she played Howard Stern”s wife Alison in ‘Private Parts’.

  16. Mimi says:

    So, Morris is a douchebag but Mcphee gets a pass? I hate when articles like this slam the cheating husband but say nothing about the “other woman”. Katharine knew he was married WITH CHILDREN! If it is acceptable to label him a “douchebag”, which he is, than certainly she deserves the “homewrecker” title to be sharpied on her forehead. Just saying…

  17. Miss M says:

    1- I never ever liked this Mcphee chick. It was very odd how she became a finalist on AI because everybody loved Daughtry and the guy who ended up winning. She never had charisma and AI producers tried to create a “Mcpheever” that never got momentum.

    2- She has always given me the “climbing the Hollywood ladder vibe.”

    3- I am also shocked that most people have given her a pass on this situation. Dude was married with KIDS!!!!

    • blue marie says:

      Oh no, she doesn’t get a pass from me I think she’s a disgusting person (never been a fan of her) but I guess what got my attention more was that the dude just let a gossip blog out him as a cheater. That to me is more despicable.

    • DeeGe says:

      Pass no but it was his choice to cheat. Unless you’re suggesting that a poor little man just couldn’t help himself. Apply the homewrecker label to him he wrecked his own home.

    • bondbabe says:

      I agree Miss M. IMO, Daughtry was THE clear winner. (I once heard him play at a venue where the acoustics were atrocious but his vocals still came through, and was just wonderful.) And I think something funky was up with McPhee winning. Echh.

      And neither McPhee nor Morris get any kind of pass. They BOTH knew what-was-what, BOTH decided they’d go ahead with their shenanigans and got caught. Ha! You roll the dice in a game of risks—you’re gonna lose. So OWN it and live the consequences!

    • Miss M says:

      Yes to all of your comments. DeeGe, true but nobody wrecks his/her home alone, right?! She knew KNEW he was married and with KIDS. No matter what excuse he used to home-wreck.@ Bondbabe: even the guy who came in third, deserved to be in the final with Daughtry. Those were my favorite in that year. :)

  18. Deb says:

    A parking lot in LA in broad daylight? His next hookup should be Kstew. She’s into that scene with directors – just ask Rupert sanders

  19. Diane says:

    I don’t know anything about Mary’s husband but I never liked Katherine McPhee since her days on Idol. She always seemed so full of herself. She is THE reason I never watched Smash. Good for Mary. You can do so much better.

  20. drea says:

    I don’t know much about Mary McCormack, but I liked her in The West Wing and In Plain Sight (I’ve only seen the first two seasons, though). I wish her the best and I hope her kids get through this without getting too messed up.

    Katharine McPhee has always struck me as a pretend-nice famewhore. Also, I think (I could be wrong, because she’s one of those celebrities I ignore) that she’s been linked with at least one other married guy before. Well, she’s finally gotten caught. Good.

  21. Dawn says:

    Good for her! What a slug that guy is.

  22. janie says:

    They were both wrong! Why can’t these people end one relationship before pulling this crap. I don’t care if it’s LA or Kansas City, do the right thing! It’s not Rocket Science!

    • Holly says:

      Yes! Nothing says not-a-real-separation like needing to have a jump-off! Christ, if Katherine’s husband had left her and taken up with someone else after they’d had 3 kids, I would happily defend her. It’s just a messy mess and it’s like no one else’s lives are impacted, a little narcissistic paradise!

  23. neelyo says:

    That’s a shame. I’ve always liked Mary McCormack. An even bigger shame is what happened to her nose.

  24. LucyS says:

    I follow Mary McCormack on twitter and she was talking about her husband like they were still married, calling him handsome, excited he was coming home from a trip, etc. Maybe that’s all PR b.s., but it didn’t sound like they were separated to me.

    • Holly says:

      She talks a lot about being Irish Catholic and all about family when she’s interviewed generally. All first-hand accounts I’ve heard are that she is super “normal” in person. I can’t imagine her wavering in her commitment or seeing that coming based on how she’s always spoken about her life.

  25. Adrien says:

    Everytime I read Katherine’s name I keep thinking Nanny MacPhee.

  26. Frenzy says:

    Upcoming tour: “Homewreckers: with LeAnn Rimes and Katherine McPhee!

    • Rita says:

      Exactly!!! What is it with these people where they have to publicly humiliate their spouses instead of quietly getting a divorce.

      I used to like Kathaline but she’s now doing the backstroke with Rimes in the bottom of the barrel.

      • Frenzy says:

        IKR! Being “separated” does not excuse anybody from having and flaunting their affair. I’m not being miss holier-than- thou but I’ll cut all the ties first before I start to date to be honest. You would think its easier to divorce your partner instead of putting them through all this embarrassment.

  27. Kiddo says:

    So what I got out of this is that Smash is still on. I never liked McPhee, even back at Idol, which I stopped watching. I never thought she was extremely talented and wondered how she landed a role on TV. Hmm.

    • Holly says:

      I’m pretty sure Smash is dead and buried, they just controlled the PR a bit because Spielberg was involved with it.

      I skipped hate-watching season 2, it was just so damn bad, but i do remember her, dyed platinum and styled like Marilyn Monroe for her last album debut. Her interviews and performances were so mediocre though.

    • lucy2 says:

      Smash is definitely done. It aired it’s finale back in May, probably finished filming in early spring, which makes me wonder how long this has been going on?

      I’ve always though Katherine was very, very pretty, but in terms of talent, Megan Hilty blew her away on that show. The whole concept was a fight for the role between their characters, which didn’t work because Megan’s Ivy was so obviously was better.

  28. Denver Danni says:

    I fell in love with Mary in “Dickie Roberts: former child star” (don’t judge, it’s hilarious). How gross and cliche.

  29. Maureen says:

    Wanna bet McPhee called out the paps to ruin the marriage of her lover?

    • Sam H x says:

      I won’t be suprised if that was the case, after reading some of the stuff on here. This was probably her way of forcing him to leave his wife for her. Maybe he strung her along saying he was going to leave his wife, didn’t follow through.

    • Boromir's Bytch says:

      KMP has been waiting for months for someone to be interested enough to report that her husband had moved back to LA while she stayed on in NYC. Guess she decided it was time to move things along and create the news herself.

      Wonder if it will help ticket sales at her upcoming shows?

    • Maureen says:

      Yep, it explains a lot. Because otherwise why would a married man whose wife DIDN’T know there was an affair just be walking around town with his lover unless he WAS NOT worried about being seen? He clearly didn’t think he would be seen. So they must have been some place where he felt certain the two of them wouldn’t be recognized. Yet here we are with pap photos. And he was shocked enough that he tried to buy the photos. This all SCREAMS that he was set up by McPhee.

  30. Sam H x says:

    I’m not that familiar with Mary’s work, I did get her confused with Maria Bello. Humiliating her and their kids like this publicly, whether they were seperated or not is wrong. If they never took the pics he probably wouldn’t have told her. Katherine McPhee was wreckless and irresponsible for messing around with a married man with kids. Neither cared to acknowledge the kids being collerateral damage if this got out. They wanted to screw each other, they should have got a divorce from their partners first and then shacked up together happily ever after. Both are to blame for this mess! Take him to the cleaners Mary!

  31. Cazzee says:

    What a cruel, cruel way to break up with the mother of your children. Making out in broad daylight in public with your twentysomething mistress enough times until you actually get caught (or your side piece calls the paps!).

    He could have just broken up with his wife, but instead he decided to let it come to this.

    How hurtful, selfish, and passive-aggressive can you get?

  32. L.S. says:

    I loved Mary McCormack in “In Plain Sight”.

  33. pau says:

    Fourth Album???? Da F**k? That is all.

    • Relli says:

      hee hee hee.

      You reminded me of the time my friend was dating this girl that he liked but wasn’t sure if she was the one. I asked him a bunch of questions about why and finally he admitted that it was because she liked and bought singers albums from American Idol. He just could not see himself getting serious with someone who has such terrible taste in music.

  34. Sarah says:

    Katherine McPhee better look out. Isn’t Chelsea Handler friendly with Mary McCormack? Ha

  35. Jessibes says:

    I have a theory.

    Leann is always saying that we don’t know the whole truth? Despite her many tv appearances and spitfire album proclaiming it?

    Well she also said that the real truth will come out on her show. I think this is it, she will claim that both she & Dean plus Eddie & Brandi were separated at the time of the affair.

    Therefor it’s all good, they never did anything wrong and she is perfect.

    Calling it!

    • Christin says:

      Nothing would surprise me, but to claim that would go against the other two parties’ first-hand accounts. How Mary was allegedly blindsided reminds me of Dean’s recent comments about how he found out.

      I think LAR just wants to keep talking until someone buys what she’s selling. This Kat may be our new LAR.

  36. bluhare says:

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Mary McCormack and her husband work it out. If they do their relationship could actually be better.

    Note use of the word “could” rather than “would”.

  37. Jayna says:

    It’s obvious Catherine was doing her album in NY to continue the affair. There would be no reason not to record in California with all the studios.

  38. Meg says:

    what a horrible week for her. and i heard Katherine M. has broken up multiple marriages by sleeping with married men. why do women get off on that? how much do you have to hate yourself to do that multiple times?

  39. ohiogirl says:

    I actually loved the new show welcome o the family, mad it got canceled!

  40. Sol says:

    Im sure Katherine McPhee called the paps to make the story get out there and wreck for sure Morris marriage.

  41. Hiddlesgirl85 says:

    I call BS on the “cheating” story. I think they were ALL already separated from their respective partners when these pictures were taken, hence, the lack of discretion. I think Mary (as much as I love her), Katherine, and the hubby are now using this for some publicity. This gives Katherine some publicity, makes her seem “interesting” and not so vanilla and boring; and puts Mary’s name out there as the “disgraced” wife. I’m not sure how this benefits the hubby though. But this is all a ruse.

    The pics came out and no one had formally announced a separation, so everyone (or maybe ONE person) decided to use this story to their advantage. This kind of stuff happens quite frequently in Hollyweird. Heck, it happens in everyday, non-Hollywood life. (Where couples do not formally announce a break up, but are no longer together, and just keeping up appearances publicly and living as roommates.)

  42. aquarius64 says:

    If you put out a statement you’re separated when you get caught, YOU WERE NOT SEPARATED. If you’re going to do your dirt stay off the streets.

  43. Jayna says:

    No way did Katherine tip them off like LeAnn. Katherine is young and really trying to build her career actingwise and albumwise. She saw what happened to Kristen Stewart. She knows being caught cheating with a man whose wife is the mother of three little ones would damage her career. LeAnn is a different breed, obsessed and delusional and on and on.

  44. Jayna says:

    Audio of Mary back several years ago talking to Howard Stern when she was shooting In Plain Sight and how she trusted her husband working away from her husband seven months out of the year with him coming to see her on weekends, and Howard is telling her he thinks her husband is having an affair probably and Mary is saying never her husband. Wow, listening to her defending him to Howard as being the kind of guy who couldn’t do that is so odd now when all of this is happening. In those photos Mary’s husband is staring adoringly at Katherine like he is really in love. How hard that must be to see.

  45. Jennifer12 says:

    I hate people like this. The three kids now have to face this horrible situation. You can’t keep it in your pants? You can’t say, no, you’re married? The two of them are disgusting.

  46. nicegirl says:

    GO MARY!!! Take his $$ and run, girl!

  47. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    Everyone has the affair-judgement down pat here, so I’ll go ahead and judge this guy for picking the most boring AI finalist in the history of the show to have an affair with. Seriously, if I were Mary McCormack, I’d have been way less offended if Mr. Morris had had an affair with, say, Taylor Hicks instead of this milquetoast human ambien pill.

  48. Andrea says:

    Here is a shocker for you guys: married people cheat! GASP! I know a married woman who started cheating on her husband after they had their one and only kid. People have problems, they don’t discuss their issues (her issue was she wanted a bit of spicy sex, was afraid to ask her husband and rather get it from strange). I also have a friend who is now dating her married man; he left his wife for her. he had two kids and was unhappy but didn’t want to leave for awhile due to the kids. The lesson here: be very, very careful you are fully committed before you have kids and once you have kids, make sure you nourish your relationship and it isn’t always about the kids. I have heard from one married guy friend of mine who complains he is neglected by his wife due to the kids. There has to be balance and communication for both parties in a marriage. BTW, I’m 32 and leery to get married since I know more divorced than married people atm.

    • Susan says:

      I think you can end the advice with “married people cheat”. You can “nourish the relationship” until the cows come home and someone who is self-centered enough to not think about the pain they are inflicting on their spouse by cheating will still cheat if they are so inclined. I know your advice has good intentions behind it, but I hate to see anything written that even slightly implies that the innocent spouse can control the cheating or bears any responsibility. The normal reaction to a relationship that isn’t being nourished enough for you is not to cheat, it’s to break up with the person who is not providing you with what you need (ideally after a mature discussion about your needs first).

      • bluhare says:

        Susan, your post should say the high road to not getting what you want in your marriage is to discuss it and break up rather than cheat if it comes to that. But people don’t like conflict and so they cheat. Plus they really might not want their marriage to be over. It happens.

      • Andrea says:

        I agree with the above post. I get what you are saying and in an ideal world this would happen. But the thing is, people get married without communicating what they want out of life (for themselves, for their relationship etc)or don’t communicate well in general. I believe that both parties can sometimes be to blame. All the divorces I know involved one or more of the following: lack of communication, marrying before truly knowing the partner and then finally “seeing who they were; typically with awful character flaws”, marrying due to pregnancy, marrying due to family or societal pressure, marrying because one does not want to be alone, marrying because they wanted children (some didn’t even love their partner). That is the sad reality and no one should get married for any of these reasons. Some of the divorces I know did involve cheating, but that wasn’t why they broke up. There was a genuine rot in their relationship that was far bigger than cheating to begin with. People wonder why I am not married yet and I tell them I haven’t found the right one yet (I do have bf currently). I take marriage very seriously and I don’t think a lot of my friends or family do/did. Cheating for me is always a symptom to a much greater problem, but I would never blame the cheated on spouse, but I do believe that most times when relationships go south from my experience it always is a two-way street.

    • Nina W says:

      Cheating is about the individual, not the marriage. Staying faithful in a relationship is a conscious choice, if you’re married and committed to your marriage you consciously choose fidelity. I wish people would just take the vow seriously and not bother with marriage if it doesn’t suit them.

  49. Caroline says:

    So stupid of both of them.
    While I do not condone cheating (especially when marriage and children are involved), IF one ever feel the urge, can’t they simply hire an escort? (male or female) or have
    Why cheat with someone who a) is also married, and b) is also in the entertainment business, which increases their chances of being caught and consequences??? So utterly idiotic of both of them, and I just lost all respect for Katherine.
    Disgusting, disgusting, disgustingly idiotic.

  50. Ginger says:

    I will bet anything that Mary thought it was a happy marriage until she found out otherwise. That would make BOTH Katherine and Michael home wreckers (among other names I won’t mention)I feel for Mary so much because I can recall when she had her last child talking about working on set for her show and having to breast feed her baby at the same time. She spoke about how fortunate she was despite being very busy and tired. She struck me as being very down to Earth and funny and like any other working Mom. I’m glad she kicked the cheating bastard out because it certainly sounds like he deserved it.