May 4th, 2012
10:10 AM ET
"The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison likely has new empathy for contestants whose relationships don't work out.
The longtime host of the dating reality show announced Thursday that he's separated from his wife Gwen Jones.
Harrison's rep told CNN the high school sweethearts arrived at their decision “after much heartfelt consideration.”
“They happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and mutual admiration for each other,” the rep said in a statement. "Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children."
In Touch Weekly reports the duo have actually been separated for awhile but are good friends. They were spotted together in January, when Chris reportedly threw a birthday party for Gwen in Las Vegas.
The magazine also reports they plan to share custody of their 9-year-old son Joshua and 7-year-old daughter Taylor.
Harrison has hosted 16 seasons of “The Bachelor."
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