Sarah Michelle Gellar calls in bet with Howard Stern that her marriage wouldn’t last

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on September 1. That’s a long time by normal people standards and a lifetime by Hollywood standards. The couple met in 1997 while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, though they were paired with same-hair partners in that movie. They started dating in 2000 and got married two years later. She legally changed her surname to Prinze in 2007 and they have two kids, born in 2009 and 2012.

I remember when my beloved Buffy got married to the cutie from She’s All That, but I was young and naive then and of course believed they would be together forever. Howard Stern disagreed and on his radio show he bet Freddie a million dollars they wouldn’t last more than five years. But now that it’s been 20, the Prinzes want their money, honey.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is celebrating 20 years of marriage to her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. — and is also waiting on her payday from Howard Stern.

The Scooby Doo actor cheekily reminded her Instagram followers of an interview the US radio host conducted with Freddie around two decades ago.

During the chat, Stern tells the actor, “So, you will marry Sarah Michelle Gellar even though you know that it won’t last?”

“Oh, absolutely it will last!” Freddie responds.

In the back and forth, Howard adds, “it’s not gonna work for you,” before making his big prediction.

“I wanna make a written bet with you,” the DJ says. “In about 10 years, you’re gonna hunt me down and go, ‘Howard, I owe you money.’”

“We’ll do a written bet,” Freddie answers, while Howard talks about “a million dollars.”

“We’ll do it right now,” the actor says, while Howard answers, “See, for a million, I’d stay married.”

Now, Sarah is coming to collect her money — as the couple has surpassed the Sirius XM host’s expectations by many, many years.

The actor reposted screenshots from Freddie and Howard’s interview on her Instagram Story and tagged the radio host, writing “What do you think?!?”

In an additional story with screenshots of the talk, she added, “I think you owe us.”

Freddie reposted the stories on his own Instagram, writing, “She will not forget” with two laughing face emojis.

[From Huffington Post via Dlisted]

A very stupid bet, but probably par for the course with Howard. Sarah reposted a couple of stills from the interview to her Instagram story and Howard is emphasizing that Freddie will feel like a different man at 35 and Freddie replies that Sarah will be a different woman too and that’s fine. Freddie reposted that Sarah will never forget, but personally I think he should have said to Howard: “Was I a bet? Was I a f-ing bet?!” A missed opportunity for a She’s All That callback if I ever saw one. Anyway, I’m pleased, but not surprised that they’ve lasted this long. They both work, but neither of their careers is lighting the world on fire (though I wish she was in more). And while they’re not and never have been perfectly equal careerwise, there isn’t the sort of dramatic imbalance there that causes other celebrity couples to split. They’re clearly well-matched and in it for the long haul. I’ve always thought they’re cute together and still do.

photos credit: and via Instagram

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  1. manda says:

    good for them! both seem nice and normal

  2. C says:

    I said the same thing when they got engaged but it was because I was a preteen and jealous af, LOL. Congrats to them and their cute family!

  3. Owlsyn (is more of a Velma) says:

    I remember that people always thought their marriage was doomed or in trouble for years (it seems like) but I honestly don’t remember why?

    • C says:

      Dunno if it was really seen as “doomed” but I do feel like it is the exception in terms of celebrity marriage (not just long-lasting but close and stable) so maybe that’s it.

    • TIFFANY says:

      There was too much projection of his father on to him.

      It’s almost like some people just want others to be miserable so they can be amused.

      Ironic I am saying this on a website that is about celebrity gossip though.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I do think they’re cute together. I started following her IG during the pandemic when she had all these “quarantips” lol and I really enjoy her IG. She shields the children pretty well, and its a lot of cute pictures of her on vacation or whatever, but its different from some other celebs bc you don’t feel like she’s oversharing but you also see her life.

    Anyway Howard Stern better pay up lol.

  5. Eulalia says:

    I love this couple! I was randomly met them the night they got engaged because they were here in Australia shooting Scooby-Doo – I believe it was Sarah’s birthday too. Anyway, I geeked out because I was a huge Buffy fan but they seemed really chill and normal.

  6. Mimi says:

    Not to be creepy but it almost looks like they are deliberately mimicking the wedding shot of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette in that one photo. They seem very evenly yoked, which I suspect is one of the reasons for their longevity. Had her career taken off the way it seemed poised to at one point, they may have been pulled in different directions. I love the fact that I have no idea what their kids look like.

    • molly says:

      I suspect a LOT of people mimicked that shot 20 years ago. (Or more accurately, a lot of photographers mimicked that shot. I certainly posed however our photographer recommended when I got married.)

      These two are such a beacon of hope for young Hollywood couples. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are my proof point that quickly Vegas weddings can work, and Sarah Michelle and Freddie are the proof that young movie stars can work too.

    • JRenee says:

      I suspect that many took a photo similar to that prior to the Kennedy nuptials. It reads as pure love for me ❤️

  7. shanaynay says:

    I was surprised to see him as a former writer for WWW. How is/was he involved with that. Did/does he have some kind of connection to wrestling?

  8. Jessica says:

    They had some serious chemistry and I’ve always thought they were cute together, good for them. I like his response to Howard about how she’ll be a different woman then too, perfect come back and he sounds like a respectful man.

  9. girl_ninja says:

    I don’t like her at all. She along with Frankle and a gaggle of other white jealous women egged Gary Janetti on with his disgusting Instagram harassment.

    She SUCKS.

    • C says:

      Ew I didn’t know that. I remembered seeing January Jones do it.

    • Kebbie says:

      Harassment of who?

    • Yes, thank you for reminding me! I wanted to like this because they seem like a cute and happy couple, but I knew there was something with SMG in the past that had really soured me onto her, and yes that’s what it was. A lot of people REALLY showed their asses during that time period!

    • kirk says:

      Previously clueless about Gary Janetti. Or that SMG and Justin Theroux ‘liked’ his creepy racist, misogynistic attacks on Meghan, her baby bump, pregnancy weight, etc. Read 6/30/20 Pajiba post by Kayleigh Donaldson about Janetti’s whitewashing attempt and sampled a little scum from the cesspool called Twitter. Thanks for heads up.

  10. Kebbie says:

    I like them both and I like them together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of their films or shows, they just seem delightful. Chloe Fineman has a really funny SMG quarantips impression too.

  11. Murphy says:

    Pay up Howard.

  12. Elo says:

    They are one of my favorite Hollywood couples. It’s nice to see their marriage still going strong. Pay up Howard.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Considering they lasted twice as long as the bet, I think he owes them double.
    It would be great if they chose a charity or two, and Howard donated!

  14. angrypineapple says:

    chef’s kiss on that callback!