They once lampooned Lucy and Ricky of “I Love Lucy” TV fame, now the real-life couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are also splitting after nine years and two children.
Nothing lasts, it seems, in the world of television and in real-life when Hollywood stars - with two top TV sitcoms - become a sad sort of realty show subject; as representatives for both Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Will Arnett (Up All Night) confirmed rumors this week that the couple has indeed spilt after nine years together. Both the Associated Press and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news Sept. 6 that Poehler and Arnett will divorce; with “no statement is forthcoming” about the reason for their split.
Divorce impacts the illusion of being in love on TV
In the world of Twitter and texting, fans of both Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” and Arnett’s “Up All Night” write that “what made their shows fun is we knew they were blissfully married to each other in real-life.”
In turn, another fan said “it was delicious that Amy and Will were these happily married Hollywood types who were not caught-up in the fiction of TV comedy. I was wrong.” Even Facebook comments seemed to down-play the Poehler and Arnett split as “something almost inevitable.”
Also, another fan of both Poehler’s and Arnett’s simply wrote how their divorce “impacts the illusion of being in love on TV.”
Poehler and Arnett’s comedy puts their hearts at risk
Both Poehler and Arnett focus their comedy on relationships and young working couples dealing with children; with Will Arnett returning for the second season of “Up All Night” – that premieres on NBC Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8:30/7:30c – as the husband of Christina Applegate who have a baby at home.
In real life, Arnett and Poehler have two songs, 3-year-old Archie and 2-year-old Abel.
Sadly, both stars have expressed their deep love and affection for each other during recent marketing interviews for their two highly popular NBC sitcoms; that are both returning for the new fall season in just a few weeks.
In fact, Poehler turns 41 Sept. 16 – just four days before the Thursday, Sept. 20 new season premiere of “Parks and Recreation” at 9:30/8:30c.
At the same time, Arnett, 42, had not indicated any personal troubles during recent entertainment media interviews; when this Canadian comedy star was introduced as a leading TV and movie actor whose career is on “the up-swing.”
Also, in real-life mirroring TV fiction, the first episode of “Up All Night” is teased by NBC asking: Can Reagan (Applegate) and Chris (Arnett) balance a new houseguest with their baby and a frenzy of career changes?”
At the same time, Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie Knope continues to experience relationship woes with both her former boyfriend Dave and her office lover in a state of flux; with the Sept. 20
Poehler and Arnett: a marriage made in comedy heaven
According to their NBC star bios, Poehler and Arnett began dating back in 2000 when Arnett moved to New York City from his native Canada, and Poehler was a top star on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Then, three years later, on Aug. 29, 2003, Poehler married Arnett.
In turn, Poehler then appeared in various episodes on Arnett’s popular “Arrested Development” TV show in 2004 and 2005. Also, both Poehler and Arnett worked together in the films “Blades of Glory,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “On Broadway,” “Spring Breakdown,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and even an episode of “Parks and Recreation” from Season 2, states their official biographies.
Comedy couple slit with two young kids
Thus, just one week after their ninth anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Sept. 6 that “reps for the stars have confirmed their separation;” while also stating how Arnett was previously married to popular star Penelope Ann Miller in 1994, with the couple divorcing a year later.
Thus, with this Sept. 6 announcement that Poehler and Arnett’s two young boys – age three and two years old – will have to face their parent’s divorce “is heartbreaking for their TV family who cares for them,” tweeted one fan who added how she “felt their pain.”
At the same time, fans of Arnett note his distinctive gravelly voice that’s served him well for voice-over work for various TV shows, cartoons and films.
For instance, a new TV ad for GMC trucks has Arnett voicing the line: “It’s not more than you need, just more than you’re used to.”
Both Poehler and Arnett's two top TV shows – “Parks and Recreation” and “Up All Night” return for the new fall season on NBC - with both shows premiering on Thursday, Sept. 20 with the network promising "lots of laughs," even while this is a time of deep sadness for both these Hollywood stars.
Image source of Will Arnett talking to a fan at the 2011 “Arrested Development” reunion; while Arnett’s agent announced this week that he’s splitting from wife Amy Poehler after nearly a decade of marriage. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Arnett