September 21st, 2012
01:50 PM ET
'Facts of Life' star Lisa Whelchel on divorce
Lisa Whelchel, who will perhaps forever be known to us as Blair from "The Facts of Life," is now living the single life.
The actress, currently appearing on CBS' "Survivor: Philippines," divorced her husband of 24 years back in March, People magazine reports.
"I just never thought it would happen to me," Whelchel told People of the dissolution of her marriage to Steve Cauble. "It was painful to realize it wasn't going to work out."
Whelchel and Cauble were involved in Christian ministry after "The Facts of Life" wrapped up in 1988, and have three children together. Although they're no longer married, they'll "always be friends," Whelchel said.
Just nine days after the divorce was final on March 1, Whelchel set off for her work on "Survivor," a career move that was right on time.
"Going out to 'Survivor' was helpful for me," the 49-year-old actress said, "to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss."
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IWe only know these 'stars' based on what we see on TV. They are people too and they all have their ups and downs like the rest of us. I wish nothing but the best for her and her ex and their children. Her marriage or divorce is none of my business.
lol... a woman claiming divorce was "a loss"... BULLSHlT. In reality, her husband wants to kill himself after losing everything to a corrupt judicial system designed to profit from dangling parental rights "for sale" before the main bread-winner. It's a f'n criminal enterprise... our court system... It disgraces he concept of justice, honor, and integrity... staffed by cowards.
Are you all seriously singing this woman's praises? This is the same woman who put tabasco sauce in her young children's mouths and called it discipline. It's a wonder that her husband didn't leave her years ago. That's your miracle. Praise cheebus!
You know, my parents put hot sauce on my fingers to get me to stop sucking my thumb; they were big into the whole "discipline" thing. At eighteen, I left home and never went back. My parents died alone. In twenty years or so, Ms. Whelchel will probably learn that karma is a harsh mistress.
She looks superb at 49. WIsh her happiness.
I'd still let her give me some hand
i am aware of 2marriages that lead separate lives...that's the way it is. they have their reasons for it.
its best to divorce.. because the parties still have control over each other.
kirk and his wife are one of the very few marriages that get my respect–his wife is never in poor taste.
Wonder if she and fellow '80s child star/evangelist Kirk Cameron will hook up. Growing Pains are part of The Facts of Life. They just better order an extra big wedding cake if they invite Mindy "Natalie" Cohn
I believe he is happily married.
Unless someone cheats, after 24 years, there's really nothing left to get divorced over. Marriage is forever, and forever is boring. Get over it.
Tell that to Mrs. Sandusky.
What in the hell?!?!? What type of crap is that? Did you get wronged or something??? Easy, there!!!
she is dating another...and she is not a woman who is poor taste.
never use religion to use people so they will stay with you. lisa never did and has met another christian man.
Nothing like good old divorce being one of the Facts of Life.
Ha !!!! Oh, man !!!
God bless Lisa,I hope she keeps the faith and she finds another man who is devoted to God. All you Anti-Christs out there who bash religion,shouldn't you be at some rally for your almighty savior Barack Allah Obama???
This shows your lack of ignorance as you use this fine, excellent actress to attack the President of the United States and God, which is Allah not only in Islam, but for many Christian countries, whether they are Arab or not. Check for example Malta, extremely Christian with a Roman Catholic majority, and their Bible, written in Maltese, always say "Allah", and not "God". But then again, you won't notice because it shows your bigotry, perhaps you need to read more: less Bible; which I am sure you know but don't interpret things as your hatred is blind and that is un-Christian. You need more culture and History and to know that the English language and the United States is not the center of the Universe
Seriously? Now it's the presidents fault that a sitcom star is getting a divorce?
That with out a doubt, was the stupidest statement I've come across lately. Dumb. Like makes no sense in any manner or relevancy. Hey.... God bless you!
@ OBama2012- why do you, why do idiots feel so compelled to make these statements? They are just dumb, I wish brighter people wrote more comments.
Oh yeah, you are from the holier than thou party. I get really sick of you people acting like you are the only ones who believe in God. You act like all Democrats are heathens. Grow up. My brother in law in a minister & a democrat! Wow, can you believe that! You are nothing more than a religious bigot! And yeah, Obama 2012!
Typical "christian" who bashes and name calls.
Got some bad news for all you ignorant sheep out there: both political parties work for the SAME bosses, and presidential candidates are groomed for the position by the ruling elite bloodlines that are secretely in-control of everything. We do not live in a democracy. Hasn't been that way for decades. We live in a plutocracy. It is an aristocracy of purpose. It is a CLASS division. The ruling class, and the slaves. Wake up, and face reality.
Hopefully, she can meet a nice new fella who'll help her devote the rest of her life to Satan.
Best idea I've heard all day!
Isn't appearing on "Survivor" an act of devotion to Satan?
Your mother's here with us, would you like to leave a message?
lisa doesn't use religion as a tool for manipulation and control.
Another religious nutjob.
And you are such a caring and understanding....wait, no, you are a sanctimonious moron.
Walter...why do you post and then reply to yourself?
Lisa has been a successful TV star and given of herself for years and you have done what
Boy you've got it, these religious fruitballs are crazy. I can't believe anybody would listen to kirk cameron he's an ex-child sitcom star as is weichel, get real they are airheads
there is no loss..other stories reported she's met another Christian guy already
the other websites are saying.... he cheated on her left and right....
It was a slow news day huh? People get divorced all the time, whether they have been together for a long time or not. It is never happy when a relationship ends, unless it was toxic, which at that point break out the bubbly and be happy. So very over how shallow news coverage has become.
nothing toxic at all he cheated on her. a ton of bloggers here...good news
""Going out to 'Survivor' was helpful for me," the 49-year-old actress said, "to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss."
Translation: "This divorce has been great publicity for my return to television. Once my Survivor run is over and people forget me again I'll be ready to promote my new book and when that fanfare dies down my new..."
is banging a new guy already and well deserved after a long time of being in a lousy marriage.
you will never be a Blair...never in your dreams...will you ever match up to Blair...
how we doing with that
and was never a pig of wife to him. it just didn't work out.
Nah. Lisa has no class. Just another garden-variety bee-atch who thinks she's way better than she is.
no she's southern...your nice she's nice...your kick her ass one too many times...your ass will kicked as far as heaven.
otherwise....she loves life and gives her allllllllllll to anyone who wants it.
are you alright ?
reports have told me that they are huge and still standing...nice to hear
she had the best knockers when she was young!
once you've seen blair tots...its difficult to head to work in the morning..
one more peek before work.
are going to work again
just had surgery
you will never ever be Blair
are HIPPO crits and use religion as a manipulation towards others to make them feel guilty and or basically use them.
you'll never be blair...
Unbelievable the scorn Lisa received because of her Christian beliefs. Being Christian does not isolate one from divorce or financial problems. Do people not know that.
-From a divorced Christian
True. But she was also so holier-than-thou all that time. If she had just been a humble Christian and it not have her marriage work out, no one would have cared.
After 24 yrs it "wasn't going to work out" !?Geez...long trial, huh?
And, yes, Christians are human. It's just that those who act holier than the rest of us seem a bit humbled when they, too, come to the conclusion that it just doesn't work out. It never ceases to amaze me that those who so loudly profess their Christianity are usually not very nice people. Just sayin'
Sooo very true!! If your a Christian it's one thing..but when you constantly FEEL you need to be heard it's just all wrong!
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.
Hilarious. How many seconds did it take to come up with that? Don't quit your day job...
Uh, C...that IS her day job.....
I am sorry Lisa whelchel's marriage ended in divorce, I hope her children are alright.
Where's her cousin Jerry.
She's 49?? She looks amazing! Sorry to hear about the divorce and unfortunately this is something we hear about all too often. Hoping for the best for you. Hopefully we can see more of you after Survivor as well. We miss you.
Right. As if she reads.
I believe she has written a few books and has spoken at various venues, some numbering in the thousands. I don't agree with her on everything but to assume she doesn't read because of a difference of opinion reveals more about you than her.
Maybe I am unaware since I haven't watched survivor after the first season but wasn't it supposed to be about giving average folks a chance to play the game and win the cash? It now seems to be a show with the purpose of allowing people who have had a chance for fame, a chance to get more snd a paycheck which 99% of us will never see the likes of.
No, I don't think they ever had to be "average" In fact I think the idea was always that you had a variety of players to see the difference in how they played and the strategy they used. If everybody was "average" it would actually make for a boring game, especially after several seasons. Now the argument could be made that bringing back return players is not in the spirit ot the game but since the creator is making the decisions I think he can basically say "It is my game, it is what I say it is"
Hey miss Hottie is it to soon to date? Call me.
There's a phone in your parents' basement?
FACT: I HAVE READ THIS HOLY BIBLE AND MUST SAY, MANY CHRISTIANS DO NOT LIVE BY GODS STANDARDS.
THIS BOOK HAS MUCH TO SAY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS AND IF A PERSON CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ITCAN
TURNS OUT WELL FOR HIM.
THIS IS THE PROBLEMS, AND IT IS THE TRUTH....MANY RELIGIOUS LEADERS TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY
WANT THEM TO HEAR...PEOPLE ARE TO LAZY TO READ AND CHECK AND MAKE SURE WHAT IS SAID
IS REALLY IN THE BIBLE......SO THEY ARE CHRISTIANS WHO DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD BUT HAVE NO
DEPT OR BIBLE KNOWLEDGE....NOW I WILL SAY THIS AND IT WILL HURT...CHRISTIANITY HAS MORE
TEACHING THAT ARE NON CHRISTIAN THEN THEY DO CHRISTIAN...MANY OF THEIR TEACHING ARE
NON BIBLICAL OR PAGAN TEACHING, TRADITIONS AND CAN BE TRACED BACK TO PAGANS.
SOMEHOW PAGAN TEACHING GOT MIX IN WITH CHRISTIANITY.. AND WHEN I READ THIS
BIBLE THE GOD OF IT DOES NOT AGREE WITH MIXING IN FALSE WITH TRUTH, IN FACT HE
STATE HE WILL NO LONGER HELP YOU...OR REJECT YOU....LEAVE YOU...
SO NOW I AM THINKING ABOUT ALL THESE RELIGIOUS WARS – IN THE BIBLE GOD
SEND MEN TO FIGHT WARS AND THE BLESS THEM THEM...BUT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THESE
WARS WERE NOT FORNICATOR OR ADULTERERS OR DRUNKARD , IF THEY WERE GOD WAS NOT
WITH THEM DURING WAR....HAD GOD CHANGED? IS THERE A NEW BIBLE PEOPLE ARE READING THAT
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT.....
You'd better ask your doctor to up your meds, because they aren't working.
Haven't heard of her for decades...who gives two craps about her marital status? My divorce didn't make the news even though it should have!
And this affects anyone besides them and their kids in what measurable way? Why do people care about this kind of stuff?
Why read the article if you don't care?
Yes, yes. Exactly. Godfrey Gray enjoyed Blair Warner as much as any potato has gnarfled a bluftony, but really: who are we to blow against the wind? The man axes for $27, I say we just pay him and park our vehicles already.
I would love to smell her used underwear. I love skid marks.
Love that hard news...and the fact that there are about a gazillion commenters who seem to care about this. When will I learn not to click these links?
Just another irrelevant has-been actress trying to gain publicity and become relevant...Same old crap...Who gives two craps?
I'd say you do, my good woman. How else is your friend Godfrey Gray espoused to interpret your comment? You read the crappy article. On the crapper? Hmmmmmmmm...
Just another irrelevant has-been actress trying to gain publicity and become relevant...Same old same old...Who cares?
Oh my! I sure as heckfire DO! In this newfangled world of potatoes and salad, there has to be room for Blair Warner to eat a pate Mcmuffin and down a carrot and then maybe sing a little skopdaddling rendition of banana snozwanging bluftony for you?!?
heading out and hopefully get laid after that. survivor–yawn
Nobody here asked. But I hope you do, you crayon eating fine fine music!
i'm going out wednesday night.
she doesn't use religion to manipulate others, she seems like a lovely person and she's still beautiful.
she's still ugly on the inside, though.
if i was the other culture he would have come out
..aged alot your all right.
before i head to bs later
well dressed, personality, not a fat pig...things we look for.
your a loser..
learn from lisa..bless you.
your a blog there is no spotlight....
Cool lady. She decided to have a LIFE after the "fame" of Facts of Life wore off and good for her. Too bad about the divorce, but it happens. She seems well adjusted, compared to others we could mention. If she feels the need to step back into the spotlight with this Survivor: Phillipines, then more power to her.
One of the few teenage TV stars who didnt fall into the Hollywood trap good for her!
We always were bitime fans of hers!
She was a fatty.
No...you have her confused with Natalie (Mindy Cohn), she was the fatty and Blair (Lisa Whechel) was the rich snob.
Lisa was filling out the last few years and the girls who played Natalie and Tootie were a tad chunky my very young pre-teen brother at the time used to call the show The Fats of Life
You're confusing her with that fat Hebe, Mindy Cohn (Natalie).
10 minutes prior to Mam.
stay away from computer if ........
has been divorced for a few months already, she seems fine on her interviews and bright and happy when she was blair! LOL
to be honest...i love this show growing up and i loved blair and jo...LOL
I'm a little concerned that I have worms in my pooh but at least I have a free supply of fishing bait.
Maybe you should see a doctor...BTW what do parasites have to do with divorce? Or did I miss something here...lol
I know, I know! The parasites are the lawyers! lol
winner winner chicken dinner!
maybe you need surgery.
This is sad to hear.
her blood is international baby you need to wake up...
blair need to be alone with heem..she never alone.
we hope blair sleep with heem.
Why do so many "christian" marriages fail? These people rant and spew how their "christian values" are all it takes to make all things right in the world then they wake up to the reality that their "beliefs" are nothing more than a ball and chain to what really happens to people sometimes. No amount of "preaching" and closed mindedness in organized religion can change the fact that we are ALL individuals with different wants, needs and goals in life. Following the "rules" any one "church" sets for multiple groups of people is not reality. It is giving in to the cult nature that is organized religion. I don't need to follow rules 1 man in a robe lectures me on every Sunday to have faith. My God is NOT locked up in a 4 walled room where prejudices, hate and single mindedness is celebrated as God's word. The Bible's been twisted, re-written to accomodate man's ego and greed, and altered so much that He himself wouldn't recognize His own teachings any longer. I hope Lisa can find happpiness again now that she's freed herself of whatever it was that obviously made her life worse than she, or anyoe deserves. We ALL deserve happiness while we walk this earth. Just don't expect you'll find it by relinquishing your God gives ability of free will and choice to thar guy/woman in that robe. I'll wait til God presents to me to learn if I'm "not worthy" of His love due to my choices in life. I'm comfortable talking to him outside of one of those spirit breaking oppressive rooms all around that is called a "church" of organized religion.
Christians have a 34% divorce rate while athiests have a 51% divorce rate.
Funny how folks like you go right after Christians. Stop talking out your rear you have no facts to back up your claims. The fact anyone that is Christian gets a divorce is not a testament of their beliefs. Christians are just people like Muslims..atheist and everyone else. You are bias because they are christian you assume they are self righteous. Your remarks imply you are the self righteous one..get off your high horse and stop bashing people for what they believe.
Christians are human just like everyone else. the only perfect man that ever walked this earth died on a cross and in three days he rose again. all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god. Christian principles is what this nation was formeduunder thru the founding fathers of this country. blessed is the nation whose god is lord. our country will not be blessed if people don't wakeup.
Because Christians are faulted and not perfect just like atheists
Why must Christians lie about facts? Divorce rate of atheists is not 51%. You must have got that from a Christian website (that is made by a liar). Check out the real stats. http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm
Sounds to me like she might have made a romantic connection on the show and didn't want people's to think a married Christian woman was fooling around. Tune in Wednesdays to find out!
Sounds to me that someone either lacks reading comprehension or brains. They said in the article the divorce was finalized before she even went on the show.
It happens. I wonder why though. I loved The Facts of Life as a little girl. She still looks great- I may watch Survivor for the first time because I've been a lifelong fan.
That's great that she was able to throw herself into a project and distract herself from the spilt. Hopefully we'll see more of this talented lady- more TV shows, movies, etc...
Even a Facts reuinion movie! That would be awesome to see what the characters are up to after all this time. Didn't they do that once already? If anyone knows- let me know.
he really needs a good girlfriend...
she's the one doing nothing
he's out and about...its appears to look like size 22
mooning computer...have a nice day..
you can resume computer hocking now.
one more for our blair I.
bend!!! back to bed...go buy some new underwear for your man.
good idea let me get girlfriend...we have blair I
ok...now 1 2 3 A BEND OVER RIGHT IN YOUR FACE...your computer nasty..
there is only one blair I. and you is not it lady thats for sure...no youuuuuuuuuu stfu....cause we hand enuf
of you girl...blair 1 is the lady...you is just a mess...are u at you computer girl...my husand and i want do d
SWEETIE LETS MOON FLATSO...1 2 3 BEND..THANK YOU
you will never be Blair I...
YOU'LL NEVER BE A BLAIR....
and start a new game.
he has to sleep with her too....that's punishment enough
could it be because she has no t-ts
look like a typice scorned slob–how old is she 44 right?
is great...his wife is a slob...we know this...
but that flat chested slob? ...yes looks like it.
she needs a good push up bra and is a slob...your saying more the scorned wife?
I so wanted to 'do' blair, anybody else?
Yeah, yeah, we know you'd hit this.This chick is single now. She might be a little young for you, though. I'm thinking you probably like them more around the age of 60? lmao
is a great woman and has so much to give a person...she does not appear broken up by this divorce at all.
lisa's ass should have been thrown out....
she's an idiot
She's one of those anti-gay preachers who spouts insane garbage.
never cared about her at all.
why didn't he dump years ago? can't figure that out.
i would have dumped that fat ass years ago.
from a bad marriage to survivor – good to see she is making better life choices....
Well, you take the good, you take the bad.
Oh that's priceless!!
could it be flatso?
screw around on her no–
did he ever cheat his wife?
My stomach is grumbling, therefore, it must be time to poop.
boy are you ever right....blessings.
great woman, she had to take a stand and get rid of him.
but if the connection is not there its not there...
but if its connection is not there its not there.
I'm from old school Asian, it's sad that divorce is so expected nowadays.
who give a f-ck?
i do–i have divorce.
i have divorced friends...and they are very happy they got out....1 remarried and met a wonder full woman
i'd do her even though she's white–those fakers do anything...
who hippo? she's 44
She must believe in God for me marqueeblogsucks to ask her out... i am an example of religion throughout and i must have a fake white woman to be part of it...so i can go get a fake tan and pretend what i am not to be cool.
no wait i want to ask her out
i think i'm going to ask Lisa out...
does she really believe in god or is she a hippo crit - just curious
is she good in bed and is she religious...a must
Absolutely no one is more awesome and wonderful than Lisa Whelchel. She is pure class. The best.
I agree 1,000,000 percent. Carly Blair Warner/Lisa Whelchel is pure class.
. . . CNN monitor these blogs and not let anyone make fun of or bother the wonderful Lisa Whelchel. Too many trolls on here.
virgin to blogging...baawwaahhha
Two of my best friends are atheists and cant be bothered to comment about anything remotely involving religion . Think some are here to shock its the internet no consequence for playing the fool
you do not use religion to keep a relationship going. most people do because they know one of them is weak.
that's between them
is the worst tool you can use for any relationship
See what happens when the wife don't swallow?
lisa & husband were not able to make it work –she looks happy and will move forward.
these type of women are strong, they are not weak women
is a decent woman and will make the right choices for herself and the kids. my grandfather use to say never use religion as a form of control, things will only get worse. he was right.
Lisa, please don't start dating colored men!
You are a very sIck person.
I agree. Nigras and colored animals are'nt even human,
Kniggras be some naaaasstie folk. i seen em dancing with white hippy chiks on Soul Train years ago.. They is some yucky bannana eaters.
She left for Nancy McKeon
just throw it down, tell it to shut up and go
Anyone think it odd that Marquee Blog is now posting about an actress that isn't popular and furthermore, posting info that is outdated. Her divorce was in MARCH. Why do we care now? It's amazing how celebrities and the entertainment world try to drum up publicity wherever they can get it.
Lisa Whelchel is a moist bag of gas!
Bang it out Blair! U will feel much better.....
gees another Christian couple divorced but they rail against gays from marrying.....
marriage is a contract....STOP SIGNINGTHAT CONTACT, live a life of peace happiness and love....NO NEED FOR THIS GOVT SPONSORED CONTRACT
doesn't hold a couple together–
RELIGIOUS COUPLE NEVER LAST NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY PRAY OR GIVE MONEY TO THE CHURCHES. IT MORE MONEY FOR THE CHURCHES AND LAWYERS. SHE WAS BRAIN WASH TOO LONG
"I never thought it would happen to me." You're the one that filed. Oh well women file 74% of the time to use the courts to steal from men and take their children from them. Little girls are raised to be self absorbed princesses and little boys are raised to "suck it up" your feelings don't matter. Men are getting smarter and realizing that women aren't worth protecting or marrying no matter who they are.
Since we have no idea why this couple split up, it seems ridiculous to assume she didn't have Biblical cause to divorce. Their children are grown and she helped him earn every dime they have. There are times when women mistreat the relationship they have, and work to "steal" the children, but this is not one of those times, so save your vitriol until one comes along. If you cry wolf when there's no wolf.....
Honey Boo Boo Child !
She better redneckanize
you do this every single day and nobody cares...if you need to talk to someone i can help you.
Is it? My clock is broken.
On the second day of Christmas my gramma gave to me, a buuuuunch ooof poooo ooooo peeeeey.
You spelled my name wrong, poser.
And just how come nobody is talking about pooop? Everyone likes a good pooooop joke.
your a silly person a this point..at nobody cares anymore. k?
🙂 it's fun to be silly :). It makes life better and less stressful 🙂
love blair–she's fantastic.
and always will be.
a colored one? colored people are so funny.
and I really like nanners.
she is hot, do not fret about blair
It loves God remember–games over.
Divorce sucks, especially for a professing Christian. She's still plenty hot. I wonder what went wrong. Did they try counselling?
i can't wait until she sees him.
fun weekend ahead...
a lesbean? A gay one?
goodbye–stop the game k?
says finer then paint.
that's really high school k?
no anger–at all.
really that odd?
if we have the wrong person then sorry–go away your silly (W)
are in security..k?
One word can be used to describe this actress – CLASS. She has always been a classy, good person. Only one I know of today that is as deacent is possibly Emma Watson. I wish her the best.
and nobody says finer then paint-
I hope Mrs Garrett knows about this.
Plus at 49 she is prettier and looks younger than Lindsay Lohan ever has. She is awesome, beautiful, and wonderful.
Back in the day she was finer that paint. Wonderful and awesome.
She still looks hotter than a branding iron. I'd do her in a heartbeat!
Now she can get married to me. Me likes Carley Blair Warner.
I just read she named her daughter Carly. That's too sweet. The character Blair on TFOL loved that name and wanted to be called "Carly". She'd say to herself "I am Carly Blair Warner". Truly a deacent and wonderful lady.
Divorce is the most heartbreaking thing I ever went through, but you do survive. Lisa is still such a pretty woman and she is obviously strong. She's going to be fine.
it takes time, getting the kids into a system working out the arrangement with their dad. lisa is almost 50 she's still attractive and will meet another guy and move on.
Not just attractive. She is wonderful, kind, and a beautiful person.
Divorce stinks, no matter who you are. I wish both parties the best for healing and happiness.
Been there done that 100% agee