This is a bummer.
Singer Richard Marx confirmed his divorce from Cynthia Rhodes — best known for her role of Penny opposite Patrick Swayzy in Dirty Dancing — on Katie, to which Katie Couric gleefully responded, “You’re back on the market!”
Trying to recover from her inappropriate response, Couric tried to re-engage the audience, with “Ladies?!”
The audience didn’t respond to Couric’s attempts at getting them excited about the marital status of her guest.
“So, how are you feeling about dating at this point?” Couric asked. “I think they felt bad,” Marx observed, miming the reluctant-sounding clapping.
“No, it’s all brand new to me,” the 50-year-old singer said. “So I’m just having fun.”
The Right Here Waiting singer and Rhodes, 57, married in 1989 and have three sons together, Brandon, 23; Lucas, 21; and Jesse, 20.
Couric remarked to Marx that he went to high school in Chicago with her fiancé, John Molner.
“I never particularly liked him,” said the singer, perhaps getting back at Couric just a little bit for her awkward reaction to his news.
“We weren’t, like, pals, but I think we played on every sports team together. I was just jealous because he was one of the true brainiacs. We would copy John’s papers,” said Marx.
Rhodes gave up her career years ago to focus on their family full-time. She is also known for her role opposite John Travolta in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive.
His signature song, Right Here Waiting, was written to Rhodes when they were dating as a love letter while physically separated — he was on tour and she was shooting a movie. The song spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
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