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John Cleese Goes Savage On His Ex-Wives And His Children For Good Measure

John Cleese Goes Savage On His Ex-Wives And His Children For Good Measure

There are a few things in life that justify you to lose faith in humanity:

  • Receiving a parking fine.
  • Queue jumpers.
  • London tube journeys during rush hour.
  • Your brother running off with your Mrs.
  • Christmas ads being aired in November.
  • Your next door neighbour winning the lottery.
  • America post-election...

Having to dig deep for £25 million to cover divorce settlements across three failed marriages beats them all, though. John Cleese knows this all too well.

The Monty Python star doesn't hide the fact that he feels hard done by from his previous marriages. In fact, he welcomes the discussion.

In a recent interview on US chat show 'Conan', hosted by Conan O'Brien, he took those bitter feelings to a savage new level when he wished one or both of his ex-wives dead. It was clearly tongue-in-cheek but still, chill John lad. Of course, one of his ex-wives is Connie Booth, who played Polly in 'Fawlty Towers'. The other is estranged former wife Alyce Cheese.

John, who was joined by his comedy partner Eric Idle, certainly didn't hold back.

The crowd roared when Eric announced that he had been married to his wife for almost 40 years and claimed that he gave her two of the best years of his life. Decent banter.


John was less than impressed and suggested that being married to the same woman for so long shows a lack of imagination. But then he goes quite a lot further than you'd expect...

Conan, Weeknights at 11/10c. Video credit: YouTube/Team Coco

"I have been married for 34 years. To four different wives," he said. "One of my ex-wives died," he added, referring to his second wife Barbara Trentham, who passed away from complications with leukaemia in 2013. "You know what? It was very sad because it was the wrong one."

The British actor, comedian, writer, and film producer said that he didn't have real hatred towards any of his ex-wives, but he would be - and I quote - "quite happy if one or two of them were dead, but I don't have anything against them as people."

He also had a cheeky stab at his children, who he regrets spending money on because they grew up "like their mothers," adding that he believes children are the "cause of most of the misery in the world."

So what would he prefer on those long, cold and perhaps lonely evenings? Well, according to him, cats are the answer. Idle agreed and added that, "they are the ones you can really pussy grab." To be honest, it just seems like it's two old English boys not giving a single fuck what they say and what people think.

Conan's face says it all really. The show went to an ad-break, which was probably decent timing.

Now that Trump has been elected president, and political correctness is about to go out the window, perhaps these two are the heroes America needs right now?

Go on then, I'll leave you with this.

Featured image credit: PA

Topics: Banter, Children, Interview, marriage

Hamish Kilburn

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