L&S: Katharine McPhee was ‘just a fling, didn’t mean anything’ to Michael Morris


Yesterday I went on a little rant about Katharine McPhee and her dumb PR. Katharine and her people have been leaking information and sad little quotes to nearly every outlet (Us Weekly, Life & Style, People Mag) about how Katharine is super “embarrassed” that she was “caught” making out with a married man, and how “this is a very time for her.” I would argue that it’s a much harder time for Mary McCormack, considering Mary’s husband Michael Morris is the one Katharine has been banging. In all honesty, Katharine is beginning to look a bit unhinged with all of this coverage. Almost like she’s following The LeAnn Playbook. But what about Michael Morris? Well, Life & Style says that Katharine is nothing to him:

Now that Katharine McPhee and former Smash director Michael Morris’ relationship has been exposed, the married man has completely ditched Katharine to try and reconcile with his wife.

Desperate to make it up to his wife, actress Mary McCormack, and their daughters, Margaret, 9, Rose, 6, and Lillian, 2, the director has cut off all contact with Kat.

“He is devastated he has caused so much hurt,” an insider exclusively tells Life & Style. “He doesn’t want to throw his perfect family away for the sake of a fling with someone who didn’t mean anything to him.”

As Life & Style reported last week, Katharine has ended her relationship with husband Nick Cokas. Although the American Idol alum is still legally married, she and Nick are separated. “Kat was smitten with Michael,” a pal of Kat’s tells the mag.

Michael, however, is eager to save his marriage. “He has agreed to stay at a friend’s until Mary is ready to talk,” says the insider.

[From Life & Style]

OUCH. Be gone, other woman/potential jumpoff. I guess I have questions about this whole idea that a dude thinks he can just say that his mistress “didn’t mean anything to him” and everything supposed to be okay? What’s worse, that a dude destroys his marriage for a genuine love affair with a mistress he has feelings for, or that a dude destroys his marriage for a basic piece of ass that he has no emotional connection to whatsoever? There is no right answer. Both options suck.

Also, did you know that Mary is tight with Howard Stern? She played his wife in the film adaptation of Private Parts, and they’ve been close ever since. Howard interviewed Mary in 2010, and if you go back and read some of their conversation/interview, it sounds like Howard was trying to warn her about her husband’s wandering dong.



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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Maybe the theory about Kat tipping off the paparazzi is true and he found out and ditched her?

    • PHD Gossip says:

      Od course she tipped off the media. Unfortunately for kat, we all figured that out. So did her dopey lover.

    • doofus says:

      I FIRMLY believe that she called the paps because (like LeAnn) she got tired of waiting for him to leave his wife. I think this was a case of him wanting a wife AND a mistress, for however long he could juggle them. He would likely have continued with both until he got tired of McPhee or McCormack found out.

      It just happened a LOT more quickly than he planned.

      ETA: the whole “she didn’t mean anything to me” has got to one of the WORST things a woman has to hear.

      oh, you risked our marriage, our kids happiness and MY health for someone who “didn’t mean anything”? that’s a big FU right there.

  2. Maria says:

    I really like Mary and enjoyed her show.

    This situation is shitty much like her husband; McPhee can kiss my ass.

    You don’t date married/taken men, period.

  3. Talie says:

    They looked like a full on couple in those pap shots… not buying this. Also, Katharine is trying the pop star thing, I wouldn’t be surprised if she set this up to give herself some spice in that competitive world of Miley and her tongue.

  4. blue marie says:

    Hopefully Mary dumps that sorry douchewad. He doesn’t want to ruin his marriage for a fling? Too late asswipe..

  5. Aussie girl says:

    Wow, Ron Howard was really giving her a heads up.

    • jaye says:

      It was Howard Stern.

    • Sarah says:

      Howard Stern 🙂

    • KC says:

      Howard Stern is a sh*t stirrer though. He says this type of thing to pretty much every guest. One of his nastier racist go-to questions is asking male guests whether they would feel worse if their wives cheated with black guys (the guy is obsessed with black dong seriously).

      Anyway, this was just a lucky strike. I doubt he knew, especially given what a hermit he is. And if he knew, I doubt he would be telling his friend so casually over the air and expecting her to take it seriously.

  6. tifzlan says:

    Too late, asshole.

    I hope Mary dumps this loser and finds someone more deserving of her. She’s handled this messy situation very gracefully so far, which i feel is only a testament to her character.

  7. Dev says:

    Michael Morris looks like Angelina Jolies brother ( what’s his name?)

  8. Lila says:

    Bullshit she was a meaningless fling. Not with the way he was looking at her in those pictures. That doesn’t mean that in the cold light of day with that infatuation faced up against his marriage it didn’t dissipate fast though. We’ve all had that what the hell was I thinking moment. Unfortunately when you’re a douchebag, that’s a bigger and more hurtful deal.

    I’m actually more curious about the timeline of the affair. Mary can dump him or keep him. I don’t know much of anything about the dude but she is smart and awesome. Since it seems like she loved him a lot, he must have some redeeming qualities. I think he’s an ass but that’s up to her. For my gossip appetite though, I’m guessing he and Katharine hooked up on the set of Smash? Okay then when? Was it a continuous thing or did they hook up on set then reconnect when they both got to LA? These are the answers I want. I’m fully aware everyone is sad now and Katharine is in desperate reputation salvage mode. I want affair details!

    • Jayna says:

      I agree. He obviously was in love with Katherine. The affair probably started quite a while back, as I’m pretty sure she left her husband for him, thinking that would prompt him to then leave his wife for her.

      A man contacted a woman I know (I knew her through her husband who was a friend of mine) saying his wife was having an affair with her husband. He showed all kinds of love letters and poems her husband had written to his affair, plus recordings and timelines of their affair. She was devastated and kicked him out. The guy dumped the mistress and begged his wife back taking all the blame for it,, not trying to deflect and use excuses. She refused, but he got an apartment, never talked to his mistress again. He went into therapy and he put in the work to get his wife back. Eight months later she did take him back after really seeing how serious he was to rectify a lot of things about himself in their marriage. I knew the woman he had an affair with. She’s not a bad person. Her marriage wasn’t good and she thought this man was the answer and selfishly had an affair. But can you imagine spending all the months she did thinking he was madly in love with her and risking losing her marriage and then when it comes to losing his wife he dumps her like a hot potato. So much for her soulmate. Katherine is probably feeling that way right about now, expendable and worse yet, the whole world is aware of her part in an affair.

      I wasn’t around for the affair. I lived in another town by then, but a relative was friends with the wife who he cheated on and told me the story.

      • Lila says:

        Honestly that’s what you get when you sign up to turn an affair into a ‘relationship’. Either you or the spouse is expendable and you are with someone who is telling both of you that you are the one with their commitment. That’s one more self-serving reason affairs are a bad idea. They are breaking that trust with one of you and one of you is going to feel like you weren’t smart enough or aware enough to recognize it. The spouse unfortunately doesn’t know that is coming but if you sign up for an affair with a married person, you also sign up to cross your fingers and hope it isn’t you. So tough times babe. It’s not like she didn’t know she was volunteering herself for a potentially risky, hurtful, and messy situation.

  9. Lisa says:

    Well Stern certainly was right on the money.

  10. Kenyan254 says:

    I have no respect whatsoever a and strong personal disdain for women like Catherine Mcphee, Leann Rimes, Alicia Keys and yes Angelina Jolie(bite me!). In fact I don’t like them so much i don’t even bother to watch their movies and/or listen to their songs!Its that serious!Women who break apart a family, relationships and/or marriages. It really should not matter whether such a marriage is on the rocks b/c the vows still exists and apply at that point in time.Whether you went after him or gave in to his advances the moral compass has a clearly demarcated line as to what you shouldn’t do. There is no grey area here. Stay away from married men/women, period!

    • Another Ann says:

      Just curious – you don’t mention the men involved who broke their vows. Do you refuse to watch/listen to the projects of Brad Pitt etc.?

      I don’t disagree that women shouldn’t get involved with married men – but the married men are even more at fault for wrecking their own marriages. Make sure you boycott all the cheating husbands too (although, you may not have many things left to watch).

      • Jayna says:


      • tracking says:

        Exactly. Ha, ha–but true that in Hollywood, won’t be much left to watch!

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        Apparently her rules only apply to the women. Cheating men are perfectly acceptable to watch. Just the hussy at fault, right?

      • Kelly says:


      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        THIS entirely! I know that I sometimes do it too (I think because I am a woman, and I just sort of naturally gravitate towards women in EVERYTHING—I used to not read any book that had a male main character), but I don’t get how people can trash the woman and not the man. Like w/Angelina. I started reading this site in mid 2010. On almost every single post we had about her, there was always comments about how she’s a homewrecking sk-nk. Always. But I’ve never read any comment calling Brad a homewrecker. I don’t read any comments about Liam Neeson being a homewrecker. Nothing about Tom Hanks. Even on the “Great Twihard Meltdown of 2012” (amazing title!!), most people were talking about Kristen, until someone pointed it out that Rupert Sanders was the married one (then we started in on him).

        And Tiffany, I love your gravatar! Is that your cat? He/she looks like my cat Emma…

    • Ok says:

      You hold distain for the women.

      What about the men???

      The women are doing a bogue and selfish thing. But they are not the ones stepping out on THEIR FAMILY. and THEIR wedding vows.

      Why do you not hold the same distain or even greater distain for the men?? After all, the women are outside of the family circle. The men are breaking their own family by their own choices

  11. Garrett says:

    Yeah right. Meaningless fling my left foot.

    • tracking says:

      I think he’s saying this strategically in an effort to keep Mary from leaving him. Good luck with that, jerk wad.

  12. Cazzee says:

    That Howard Stern interview must be a dagger to the wife’s heart right now. Now she is questioning everything about the last three years, going over memories, timelines, random comments, changed plans. Ugh, how awful.

    I’ve been there myself, and it’s like looking back with a kaleidoscope and everything’s changing as you look at it.

    It almost gives you a feeling of motion sickness or vertigo, because not only has the ground disappeared from beneath your feet, but you’re realizing that it hasn’t been there for a awhile now and you’re trying to figure out exactly when that occurred. Not a good place to be, and I hope she can move on quickly.

  13. Renee says:

    Liberty Ross dumped her douchebag director husband and I hope this lady does the same thing. Once a cheating douche always a cheating douche.

  14. Ari says:

    OMG Thats where i remember his wife from! she played beth, sterns wife haha nice!! yeah she should just divorce him and get it over with

  15. Christin says:

    They were caught, and now he’s contrite and Kat is suffering so. Mary will likely question what (who) else he may have done. She and their kids are the ones who are hurt by such selfish behavior.

  16. pk says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Katharine called the paps. I have never cared for her, watched her when she was on American Idol. She was beautiful, had a lovely voice and everything it took to win except for an awful personality.

    • tracking says:

      Many believe this, that she wanted to force his hand by ensuring his wife found out. Looks like she gambled and lost. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

  17. Kiddo says:

    This guy is an idiot, unable to gauge risk/reward. This makes him look no better, it makes him look worse for hurting and using two women, instead of one.

  18. Littlebowbee says:

    Howard totally called it. I remember that interview. Funny thing is that they must really be tight. He hasn’t mentioned the affair on the show at all… And he usually loves to talk about that stuff.


    Baba boo ee

    • Meaghan says:

      fa fa foo ee hahahaha Loves me some Stern too. Its the only thing that gets me through a work day.

  19. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Every time I see photo’s of this dude my gaydar goes off the radar.

  20. Samtha says:

    It’s worse, IMO, to say the mistress was just a fling who meant nothing. Because if she meant nothing, and you were willing to throw away your wife and marriage for her, well…you can’t have valued your wife and marriage very much.

    Run, Mary, run!

  21. Ariadne says:

    The wife made him say that to humiliate Katherine McPhee. Nothing about that was meaningless and the wife damn well knows it. WHen your marriage is in trouble, deal with reality or he will be banging someone else soon if she doesn’t figure out something is wrong!

  22. nicegirl says:

    “katharine mcphee was just a fling who didn’t mean anything to michael morris”

    Those of us who have gone through this before with despicable, cheating spouses, are thinking


  23. Emily C. says:

    I would forgive my husband for betraying me because he fell in love with another woman. I would not forgive him for betraying me simply to have sex with another woman, and then disrespecting THAT woman as well by saying she meant nothing. Nick Cokas is a misogynistic dickweed.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Leann and Eddie all over again—when the rumors came up of Leann and Eddie at first, Eddie told Brandi that Leann was ugly and that he wouldn’t ever sleep with her. I don’t care if Eddie’s dong was like the Hammer of Thor–any guy who tells his WIFE that I’m so ugly that it would be impossible for him to sleep with me, wouldn’t have been my boytoy, let alone my HUSBAND.

      • Emily C. says:

        If my husband said he wasn’t sleeping with another woman because she was ugly, I’d know for a fact he was cheating on me. Because if all it takes for a man not to cheat is for there not to be a pretty-enough woman for him to cheat with, forget it, he does not care about his marriage vows. (And this goes the other way too: women cheat on their husbands as much as men cheat on their wives.)

  24. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I don’t know–I’ve never been in a relationship before, but I think that I would rather have my husband cheat on me for someone that he actually does care about/genuinely love and leave me–than to have him just be a complete d-ck and just stick it in whatever hole he can find, because he can, and because he wants to have his cake and eat it too.

    But both options suck.

    And isn’t that the same all over? How many celebrity dudes have we seen cheating who want to keep everything–their wife, their kids, even though they’ve been banging everyone who’ll let them? I can’t think of any recent celeb couple who cheated, and then who didn’t immediately beg his wife/husband to stay and not divorce him/her.

  25. Louminary says:

    anyone see Kat on that episode of Community? I thought she was surprisingly not bad as an actress.
    Now I see she wasn’t acting at all, she just IS a selfish, entitled cow! haha

  26. Miss M says:

    I am not surprised at all. I’ve been saying all along, he was not planning on making her official. She was tired of being the other woman and probably called the paparazzi, so his wife would find out. Typical mistress behavior.

  27. Meanchick says:

    The way this happened and McPhee’s subsequent behavior is all suspect. It’s scripted to the point of ridiculousness. She wanted him and set him up to get busted and he knows it, which is WHY she suddenly means nothing to him. They clearly deserve one another and I’d bet that when things seem to calm down, McPhee will still be there waiting for him.

  28. Violet says:

    Given how much time they spent apart — according to the Howard Stern interview, they only saw each other on weekends — it’s not at all surprising that her husband cheated. Not that I’m condoning his behavior in any way, shape or form; he should’ve talked to Mary about being tempted, instead of cheating. He’s a fool to jeopardize his family life like that, especially since his youngest is only a toddler.

    Don’t even get me started on Katharine McPhee. This isn’t the first time she’s hooked up with a married man, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

    • Jayna says:

      That’s her old TV show. That ended a year and a half ago or so. She took a year off from work to spend at home with the family. She had just started back in a half-hour sitcom filmed in town, but it was cancelled after three weeks.

    • Violet says:


      Thanks for the heads-up. That said, once a couple puts work before marriage — like they did around the time of the Howard Stern interview — that often fundamentally undermines the relationship. My guess is that he started cheating back then, and just never got out of the habit even once he started spending more time with his family again.

  29. SH says:

    His wife didn’t mean a thing to him too when he was with the other woman.