Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bobby Flay Separates From Wife Stephanie March - Divorce Looming

Photo - Twitter
TMZ is reporting that Bobby Flay and his wife Stephanie March (Law and Order: SVU star) separated three weeks ago and that Bobby Flay moved out of the NYC home.  They have both supposedly hired attorneys and divorce talks have started.

TMZ says the marriage has been deteriorating over the past year-and-a-half and reached a boiling point when Bobby Flay was busy with work and didn't come to the hospital to visit Stephanie until a day after her appendix burst.

If they end up getting divorced, this will be Bobby Flay's third divorce and Stephanie March's first.  They do not have any kids together.

This announcement comes just months after Giada De Laurentiis announced her divorce to her husband.  The night before that announcement, Giada supposedly had a "boozy night" out with Bobby Flay.  Giada later addressed tabloid cheating rumors and denied any cheating with Bobby Flay, Matt Lauer or John Mayer.  I am sure this Bobby Flay announcement will trigger more cheating rumors between Giada and Bobby.

Bobby Flay will be the third Food Network Star mentor to separate/divorce from their spouse in the span of six months.  Alton Brown filed for divorce from his wife in November of 2014, Giada announced her divorce in December of 2014, and now Bobby Flay has supposedly separated with his wife.  

91 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge Bobby Flay fan or anything but this saddens me.

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  2. This is/was Bobby's third marriage. Perhaps he needs to forget about marriage as a part of his life.

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  3. Giada????? Again??????

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  4. Why get married if you don;t want kids? I get it for some people but Flay is already divorced a couple times and is rarely at home for long. He should stay single and bang lots of women.

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  5. He does have a daughter from marriage #2, but that's it for offspring.

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  6. ♫ ♪"You better keep her, because it's cheaper, than makin whoopie!" ♪ ♫

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  7. I am a fan (although I don't think he is marriage material) and also saddened by this. If he's romantically involved with Giada (ugh), I will lose all respect for him. I've also wondered about how close he might be to Katie Lee.

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  8. Now I have an urge to watch some vintage Eddie Cantor.

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  9. I never liked Giada, but I'm a huge fan of both Bobby and Alton. This just saddens me but, after three failed marriages, I have to agree that he's probably just not cut out for it.

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  10. Bobby and Giada are adults. If they have hooked up so what? Can't anyone be happy for them? Should Bobby and Giada stay in marriages that clearly didn't work? I say good for them if the rumors turn out true.

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  11. Aha!!!! It's the daily grind of The Next Food Network Star....(sarcasm). It seems to be contagious since it centers around these three judges/mentors.

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  12. ..or for that matter - more the "curse" of "The Next Food Network Star."

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  13. You're right....she wasn't trying to pull a Yoko, lol! But I do think the problem is that the two guys went into this as friends instead of business partners first. It would have been easier for Shaun to accept Jessica rather than feel "outnumbered" if they'd acted as business partners.

    I do hope the guys use her properly going forward...if they do then I think they will be successful. It's been a while since I've actually rooted for the owners on this show...

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  14. With Robert so complimentary of the restaurant kitchen, I wonder why they just didn't convert the entire operation to a sit-down restaurant, with a complimentary take-out area? NOBODY makes money selling groceries these days.

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  15. That's what I thought. I didn't realize his wife was Stephanie March. I loved her on Law & Order as Alex Cabot.

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  16. I agree Judy. If he's with Giada, I'd have no respect left for him. There are far too many rumors out there about Giada and lots of men. They can't all be made up.

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  17. Me too Paigealicious. I hate seeing people get divorced.

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  18. Good background on the area. I knew it was somewhere near Chicago, but hearing about families with children helps understand some of their struggles. Thank you.

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  19. People are more willing to shell out money for prepared food than groceries. And I totally agree with you on the building inspection process being ridiculous.

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  20. I'm watching an old episode of Bar Rescue right now. Great show!

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  21. I think there was an understanding that the restaurant/grocery store mixed concept was still viable, but that the grocery store needed to carry more affordable "mainstream' items that area residents would buy. When Robert did the initial walk-through of the grocery store, he said that the prepared foods didn't look fresh, that the grocery items were not grouped together and displayed properly, and generally everything was overpriced to begin with.

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  22. I liked the old episodes too...especially when there less manufactured drama and the people he helped were truly grateful for his help.

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  23. I think it was a young Latino owner and his wife.

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  24. Guess A is probably right. There seems to be a LOT of red tape in that area.

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  25. Robert mostly liked the food at the place in Albuquerque was owned/operated the young couple guy 'Elvis' and his wife.

    He like Stacey Poon Kinney's place in San Diego.

    And I seem to remember someplace 'way out West' - like, Montana or Idaho or Wyoming - where Robert generally like the food. I'm remembering it as a 'family owned' place with a married couple and two or three of their adult kids. And I think they might have been doing mostly Italian food. But I might be wrong on all of that.

    But, yeah - if Robert actually says good things about the food, then the food definitely is NOT the problem with the business. ;)

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  26. Agree 10,000%. During the last couple of seasons, it seems as if more and more of the business owners that appeared on the show actually DESERVED to fail.



    Granted, the show is about helping restaurants that are, pretty much, on their last legs. That's the show.



    But when Robert walks into a filthy restaurant with terrible food served-up from an unsanitary kitchen by clueless, lazy owners who also are full-on nuts - yeah. Those people actually DESERVE to fail. What's the point in even trying to help people like that...???


    That's why this week it was good to see hard-working, dedicated people who just needed a good, hard shove in the right direction(s).

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  27. Same here. Without knowing anything about the area, I, too, might think, 'Chicago suburbs - great place for a Whole Foods concept store/restaurant...!!!'



    But all Chicago suburbs are not created equal - obviously.

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  28. Same here - I'm really hoping that this bunch is able to get on track and make a success of things.

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  29. It appears he was hooking up with January Jones not Giada

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  30. Was Lenny involved????

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  31. I actually thought of opera baritons Sherrill Milnes, who came from Downers Grove. But then, opera is my thing.

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  32. I think it was an older guy, very high end food. I have this vague image in my head of Robert eating in the kitchen, maybe?

    Anyway, the point is, this wasn't the first place where he liked the food. ;) It was a nice change from the usual 'blahhhh.' (you know, where he classily lets the chewed up food slide down his tongue and plop on the plate)

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  33. I think JT is a really smart man with mostly good intentions. At this point, though, he's become a TV character with over-bloated anger and an easy trigger. He could do so much better. I loooved the bar science and experience creation info. Fascinating stuff.

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  34. No respect if they're hooking up before the divorces are final.

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  35. I'm more shocked when a marriage last(till death do us part) then I am of all these divorces. I think the writing was on the wall for Bobby as since none of his wives took his name(I.e. they knew it wouldn't last so why bother changing their name,)

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  36. Agreed...but he's smart in more ways than one, lol! He knows the anger and quick trigger is what people want to see, IMO. I enjoyed hearing him talk about the business of running a bar and spouting all those statistics and things. But then again, I'm an accountant so that kind of thing interests me anyway!

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  37. That's just Chicago. They have some of the strictest building codes in the nation, mostly dating back to the horrific fire that nearly consumed the city in 1871.

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  38. My mom and I were just discussing this. Weird.

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  39. I only recall two owners who were grateful for his help since the show began. That would be Moonrunners and Spirits on Bourbon. All the others just wanted free remodels

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  40. Families don't need to be eating unhealthy food from a 7-11. It's a good idea but maybe Chicago isn't ready for it. We're finally getting some healthy food ONLY in a few gas stations in Oregon and it is quite welcome. Their prices are still a bit high at Zest. Based on Robert's own formula, that roast late should be $9 and they would have a line out the door at the price.

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  41. I totally get the building codes. Absolutely. What I don't get is that they would choose a restaurant where they don't have free reign. It spoils the dramatic transformation for me.

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  42. I mean I understand the building inspection process because alot of people live above the business, it's just that I think it's lame that they pick this kind of place. It's almost like they do it to add a new dramatic twist

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  43. I read about both of them. Of course, we'll probably never know or know how much truth is in the rumors, but it's interesting.

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  44. 100% agree Mo. Finish up with your marriage first and then go out and hook up with someone.

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  45. To your point about why bother even trying to help people who deserve to fail....I think it's partly because Robert knows there will be head-butting with those kinds of owners at some point, and it makes for good TV.


    Someone posted a question on RI's Facebook page asking him what his success rate was and he answered around 70%. But, if you look at the update page, the number of restaurants still open with the same owners is only about 45%. That's a significant difference to me, so it makes me wonder what his criteria is for calling a rescue a success....

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  46. Good observations. I live in a neighboring community, and agree that an upscale grocer doesn't work there. There is a Jewel (local chain owned by Albertsons) 1.2 miles away and a Trader Joes 2.3 miles away. A quick pick up staples place would work, as long as the prices were right, which was what Robert was pushing them toward. This would help to capture the huge commuter market that gets off the train every afternoon - Downers Grove is a major stop for the Metra commuter rail line that goes into Chicago. The questions regarding building inspections and things - that's the Chicago way. After hearing what Robert had to say about the food, my wife and I definitely want to check out the restaurant. We didn't even know it was there, as it is just off the main strip, not visible if you are driving through, and it is at the end of the downtown Downers Grove shopping and restaurant district

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  47. The info for CocoaModa said "The next few episodes are at a grocery store and a pharmacy, and a barbershop..." Well, the grocery store turned out to be more of a normal episode than I thought it would. Maybe those ones will be too. I kinda hope so. Though I've enjoyed some of the odder locations, I never felt like the episodes were quite as good overall. (felt more like the food came second to the building in some cases)

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  48. All of the places the show has picked so far this season have had some quirkiness or dramatic twist to them, unlike the restaurants in past seasons. I believe it's been done purposefully too...RI posted a comment on his Facebook page recently saying that viewership for the current season 11 will determine whether they will film a season 12.

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  49. Though I don't live in the area, it would be interesting to hear about the experience you and your wife had if you go. While I understand the food is still getting good reviews, sounds like the service is still a problem based on the negative reviews posted above.

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  50. Nick Lucas is better.

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  51. Princess StarlightApril 11, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Hey, there are plenty of couples out there that get married and never have kids. Who the hell says that married people have to have kids? Not everyone is cut out to have children and they are perfectly happy without them.

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  52. Robert isn't exactly known for telling the truth... Remember his resume fiasco

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  53. You're right....I completely forgot about that....

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  54. I don't know why they cut that part. I wish they hadn't. I liked it.

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  55. The next two episodes are a lunch counter located in a pharmacy and then a music cafe. I agree with you with respect to the makeovers RI has done so far this season; the mentality of the show seems to be more of the "wow, look at all the quirky places we're rescuing this season." I recently read an article on the web that said the Food Network's true moneymakers in 2014 were all the competition shows, which is why you are now seeing more and more of them, and that the "restaurant-rescue" type shows are holding up the rear. I suspect RI is losing steam and this is FN's last gasp at keeping the show alive.

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  56. That's right - didn't he claim that he 'helped bake the cake' for Charles and Diana's wedding...??? But the more accurate version of his involvement is that he was one of several people who selected and prepped some of the the strawberries that were used for the filling. Wasn't it something like that...???

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  57. I agree, but was really taken aback by her comment that she and Shaun would never be friends. They were trying to restart the business, and she just so flatly makes a declaration like that? Although later in the show, she came across as less nasty.

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  58. Yes, but I don't remember if it was strawberries specifically....I thought he just said fruit, in general. But his resume had other exaggerations too, if I remember correctly.

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  59. You make a good point...in the beginning she should have just said that while they may never be friends that she would support Shaun for the good of the business.

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  60. Yes, I've always thought there was truth to the rumors about Bobby and January Jones from everything I read regarding that incident with her car.

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  61. I may be reaching on this, but have you heard of the band Diablo Swing Orchestra? They had a great opera singer named Annlouice Lögdlund. Her singing was my favorite part of the whole thing (I would like them regardless, but she made them over-the-top special), but she left in August to pursue opera full-time.

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  62. I really hope it comes back. I'm not into the competition shows too much (except original Iron Chef [!!!], that season of Next FN Star with Stacey Poon-Kinney, and Throwdown) and I like the people on R:I. If it did end, I could see some sort of spin-off minus Robert.

    I used to enjoy a show called Opening Soon on the Canadian version of FN. Was it also on the American one? That shared some similarities with R:I.

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  63. They have in the past but lately rather than showing the judges discussing the various dishes, they go straight to whomever they are eliminating.

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  64. You know, in a way I'd like to see it come back too, but with a revised format. Maybe not only have Robert "rescue" already failing restaurants, but also mentor new restaurant owners to get them off on the right foot.

    The only competition show that I will catch once in a while is Chopped (US version). The fact that FN has either replicated its' shows (now we have Chopped: Canada) or does "All-Star" versions of its competition shows makes me think the network has stalled and doesn't know where to go next.

    Well I've been watching the FN for a long time now, but that show doesn't ring a bell with me. Perhaps it might sound familiar to one of the other posters here.

    Just as an aside, and if you wanted to do it for kicks, go to TV.com and then search for Chopped. Then click on viewer reviews and just start reading,,,,all I'll say is that I just started shaking my head at most of things people posted about that show and its' cast.

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  65. I have wondered about Giada (obviously)but I have also wondered about Katie Lee as well. Based on the way they interact in some instances they seem extremely intimate with one another. True or false I can't say but per prev employee (a sous of his) supposedly it is a well known fact he has a habit of getting overly friendly (wink and nudge) with his female staff.

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  66. No new episode this week? I'm not sure I can hold out another week, lol!

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  67. I was actually surprised to know that Bobby was married to a female.

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  68. Lenny, Food Network Star, and Home wreaker.

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  69. I am so disappointed with these "stars". Doesn't anyone have any morals or standards anymore? I have lost respect for Bobby, Giada & Alton.

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  70. I like the idea of Robert helping new restaurants start-off on the right foot. The 'rescue' nature of R:I is interesting, sure, but most of the business are so close to permanently closing that there's often times not a lot that anyone can do. I'd really like to see Robert use his knowledge in a situation wherein the business owners have a legitimate opportunity to 1.) implement ongoing suggestions/ideas and 2.) actually benefit from his involvement.



    There's a number out there that gets quoted by Robert and others stating that something, like, almost 50% of 'new' restaurants will close within two years. So, clearly running a restaurant is a tough business from day one. Seems as if there could be ample opportunities for interesting story lines right form the beginning.



    And I'd really like to see Robert work with business owners who actually DESERVE the kind of mentoring that he offers. He really is a smart, capable guy. It would be nice to see HIM get something back from he experience, too.

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  71. Looks like its been going on some time

    http://dlisted.com/2015/04/19/bobby-flay-has-been-doing-his-assistant-for-years-so-says-page-six/#more-174511

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  72. Your first paragraph is exactly what I meant...and then Robert could occasionally do episodes revisiting these restaurants to see how well (or not) the owners are doing.


    I heard a similar stat being tossed around too...I think it was 50%-60% fail within the first three years, with 25% of those failing in the first year. So yes. I think those stats would indicate running a restaurant (like any other business really) requires an owner's time and attention 24/7 for at least the first 3-5 years of the restaurant's life.


    I think Robert knows his stuff too, despite the fact that he may have doctored his resume (but who doesn't anyway?!), lol! IMHO, the guys from Lemon Tree/Zest are the only ones so far this season who really deserved Robert's help.

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  73. I guess some legal docs were leaked and Bobby isn't accused of cheating with Giada or January, but his twenty something assistant.

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  74. Stephanie March was diagnosed with a severe case of endometriosis, and couldn't conceive.

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  75. Or maybe all of them......and more!!!

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  76. The judges on NFNS could now all be on "The Dating Game" or the "Lonely Hearts Club". How about "Judges Gone wild??!!"

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  77. He builds homes? Wreak means to create; I think you mean wreck, which is just the opposite of wreak.

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  78. Giada is probably too old for Bobby.

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  79. Curious why taxation matters at all to a liberal crowd like this when taxes only make everything better - why does anyone need a break from "better"?

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  80. Aaron Sanchez also separated from his wife.

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  81. Finally an episode where Robert tastes the food and doesn't make "the face!"

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  82. For me, the most impressive thing about this episode was Chef Irvine walking upstairs and knocking on doors to ask the residents what they would want the restaurant/grocery store to do better.


    This is the simplest and most effective form of "market research" and I am amazed that the owners never thought of doing it before.


    I think that this is Robert Irvine's best strength. He is extremely practical and understands business. He will probably never outcook Gordon Ramsa. However, not many of us will ever get the opportunity to eat anything in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Robert Irvine brings it down to earth, which is why this show succeeds.

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  83. No offense, but taking or not taking her husband's last name is not an indication of how committed a woman is to a marriage or whether she thinks he can't be trusted. Lots of women maintain their maiden names for professional purposes but legally change their names. Others don't change their names legally either. Neither situation means the woman knows divorce is in the cards. Plenty of women who take their husband's names end up in divorce court,too.

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  84. To me the sure sign a marriage is not worth the risk and a high chance of failure is if the woman keeps her name or uses that obnoxious pretentious hyphen(for women like that I call them by their husbands name..i.e. I would say Melissa Perry not Melissa Harris-Perry).

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  85. WOW......another one. Next?????

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  86. Women NOT the property of their husbands. I never understood why women were expected to assume the name of their husband.

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  87. Wow. That's not your call. And, really, the surest sign that a marriage is at a high chance of failure is when the woman keeps her maiden name? Not adultery, not abuse, not money issues, but a woman retaining her maiden name?

    I'd probably get kicked off this site if I replied in the way I should. Suffice to say, you are wrong. Period.

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