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When we told you at the end of September that Pat and Gina Neely were calling it quits after 23 years of marriage, many of you were shocked. On their show Down Home With The Neelys, they seemed very much in love and the perfect team. But what we didn’t know was that they were having issues behind-the-scenes for years, and that she had even moved out of their shared Memphis home two years ago. While appearing as a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show” this morning, a slimmer  Gina Neely (who says she now wears a size 0!) opened up about the end of her marriage.

“Life happens, honey. What are you going to do? Cry in a bowl of milk? At the end of the day, Pat and I are real people. Life happens. I had dinner with Pat on Friday. We’re still good friends, but it just happened. You don’t stop living because bad things happen. You keep going.”

She also spoke on the lengths that they went to try and work on their relationship. She moved out two years ago in the hopes that maybe things would be different. Distance usually makes the heart grow fonder.

“We were trying to work on it and do some things differently, but it ended up that way. I did family counseling, wanted everyone to be good. We’re all in a good place and at the end of the day, that’s what’s important to me.”

So after 23 years of marriage and more than 70 episodes of “Down Home With The Neelys” on the Food Network, what’s next for Gina? She let Wendy know that if she wanted to hook her up with her own cooking show (Wendy has her own production company), she was open. But as for what’s going to happen to the businesses she shares with Pat, she told Williams, “Business is business. Let’s be clear about that!”

Whatever that means…

Check out her short guest spot on the show today and let us know what you think of the new, super slim Gina Neely.

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