Danny Devito confirms that he’s separated from Rhea Perlman again

Danny Devito, 72, and Rhea Perlman, 68, have been married for 35 years, since 1982. I remember Rhea on Cheers, where she stole the show, and before that when she played Danny’s girlfriend on Taxi. Back in 2012 these two announced that they were separated. There were rumors that Danny was cheating and given the fact that he’s been drunk during interviews (while he was promoting his own brand of limoncello) I would believe it. Whatever happened, they quietly got back together a few months later, in early 2013, and we didn’t hear much about them for a while. Well apparently they’re separated again, which Danny confirmed in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning. He’s promoting his turn on Broadway, in Arthur Miller’s “The Price” with Mark Ruffalo, where he’s doing eight performances a week.

On being short
“I never did not go for an audition because I didn’t think I looked like the person. I think of all the characters that I’ve ever played, they’re always about five feet tall.”

On Rhea, who went to the opening of the play
“We’re not getting a divorce, but we separated, yeah. We’re really close. Well, we’ve been friends for 40-something years. We love each other.”

On his couch scene on Always Sunny
“It was just amazing, it was so much fun. I had to do it several times. Came out, kept greasing myself up more, so I could come out faster!”

On if he would do anything for Always Sunny
“Pretty much, pretty much. I’ve been slimed. I’ve fallen outta windows. I’ve had amnesia, all kinds of stuff happens to me. God, it’s fun!”

[From CBS News via Extra TV]

That kind of makes me sad but it sounds like it’s working for them and still supportive of each other, and they obviously speak highly of each other. They have three children together, Lucy, 34, Grace, 32, and Jacob, 30. We know Danny is busy working on Always Sunny and on stage, and Rhea is on a new YouTube red show called Me and My Grandma. I have YouTube Red I’ll have to check that out. She’s also been on The Mindy Project. I hope they’re both doing well and are happy. I know all couples can’t make it and that sometimes it’s better for people to do their own thing, but the (dying) romantic in me wants my favorite couples to last long term.




Thanks Kaiser for reminding me about the background for this story! Header image is from 2015. Other images are from 2012 and 2011. Credit: WENN and FameFlynet

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  1. HappyMom says:

    I remember when she was pregnant on Cheers-wow-that makes me feel old that their kids are in their 30s.

    • Fluff says:

      Just this morning I watched a rerun of the episode where she has a baby with Frasier’s super intellectual mentor!

  2. BJ says:

    They are still close she was just on Access Hollywood talking about him last week.She was tickled when they showed her a pic of a baby that looks just like Danny.

  3. Sullivan says:

    His loss.

  4. Erinn says:

    Damnit, Frank.

  5. PunkyMomma says:

    This gives me all kinds of sads, but I’m not surprised.

    As Rose Castorini would say “you’re gonna die anyway”.

  6. Mia4s says:

    That sucks, but whatever works for them. Their children are grown and they are both well off financially. It would be nice if they could work it out but maybe they just grew to different places.

  7. Missy says:

    Love Danny devito, always sunny is an amazing show. I’ve loved it since the beginning, not looking forward to when it ends.

  8. lizzie says:

    for anyone with a female Italian relatives – she does god’s work as a neurotic Catholic matriarch on the Mindy project. the writing is pitch perfect and she should be getting emmy’s for supporting actress. so funny! makes me think of all my aunts. kooky, unhinged and so full of love they could and sometimes do – explode.

  9. Yup, Me says:

    It sounds like they’re doing what works for them. Nothing to be sad about. They’re still close and are a family but take the space they need. My husband and I maintain a “spacious” relationship and it’s wonderful. I think more relationships would last longer if people did more to create relationships that actually work for them rather than trying to do what others expect.

  10. Bethy says:

    He’s a cheater. Back in my flight attendant days, I had him on a trip. He didn’t hit on me, but a woman I was working with – a former Miss Tennessee/Kentucky pagent person. They dated for a bit, everytime we flew into LA. It kind of skewed my view of him to the negative. I always felt bad for Rhea.

  11. Mejia says:

    I don’t live with my husband. We love each other we don’t plan on divorcing but after 30 years of living together it’s so much more pleasant to maintain separate space. We get the side eye from people who think you either are divorced or permantley seperated but sometimes there is a happy in between space.

    • Wilder says:

      This is such an awesome, evolved way of thinking and living. I’ve only been married for 15 years and I love my husband, but I can see us living separately when the kids move out. I lived on my own for a number of years before I got married, and maybe it’s selfish, but I’ve never gotten used to sharing my space.

  12. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    I LOVE Rhea.

    Danny’s version of Matilda was one of my childhood favourites, and now my kids love it too. We watch it half a dozen times a year. Rhea is still so beautiful.

  13. G says:

    I still find this sad. But I like that he has his own brand of limoncello.

  14. phaedra says:

    The couch scene … I was literally helpless. I’d never laughed so hard in my life. My husband rushed in to find me gasping for air and thought he would have to call 911. Never stop being Frank, Danny!