Tony Danza Splits With Wife

After 20 years of marriage Tony Danza and his wife, Tracy have decided to go their separate ways. According to PEOPLE magazine, distance and the stress resulting from Danza’s recently cancelled talk show may have led to the split.

Danza’s now defunct talk show, “The Tony Danza Show” aired for two seasons before being canceled in May. According to the magazine, since the show filmed in New York City and Danza lived in California he spent more time commuting than he did with his family. Danza admitted to PEOPLE in 2004 that the commute was hard on him and his family. He explained that he would finish taping his show on Friday and fly home to California, but less than 48 hours later would have to get back on a plane to fly back to New York.

The 55-year-old Danza and his wife wed in June 1986. They have two daughters: Katherine, 19, a college student, and Emily, 12. Danza also has a son, Marc, 35, an entrepreneur, from his early-’70s marriage to Rhonda Yeoman. He and Tracy became grandparents for the first time in August 2005 when Marc and his wife Julie welcomed son Nicholas. “There’s a certain feeling of accomplishment that there’s another generation,” Danza told PEOPLE in an interview following the birth of Nicolas. “But the most exciting thing is watching your son be a dad.”

Danza is probably best known for his roles on the popular sitcoms “Taxi” and “Who’s The Boss.” Growing up I was a huge “Who’s The Boss” fan and like many rooted for “Tony” and “Angela” to eventually marry. When I learned that Danza would be getting married in real life I was happy for him. Now, twenty years later he is calling it quits. By Hollywood standards 20 years seems like a long time, but I suppose when you promise to remain with someone for a lifetime (or until death do you part) 20 years is really just a fraction of forever.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.