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Posted at 2:18 PM ET, 10/12/2010

David Arquette opens up to Howard Stern about Courteney Cox split

By Liz Kelly

David Arquette in 2008. (AP)

Oy. Despite Monday's classy joint public statement from Courteney Cox and David Arquette confirming their separation after 11 years of marriage, Arquette called Howard Stern's Sirius radio show this morning and dished -- live on the air -- about the end of the relationship.

"It breaks my heart," said Arquette, adding that he was "not the one that called this [separation] in order. I've been begging Courteney to get back with me."

Arquette indicated that Cox had grown "embarrassed" by his "kooky" behavior. Well, Courteney, you hadn't seen anything yet! After today's interview, I'm guessing the separation will magically morph into a full-on divorce case by year's end.

Listen to a clip here or read my handy transcription:

"We got a trial separation a lot -- a while ago, not a full on separation and everything, but after our 11th year anniversary she gave me the motorcycle and said I don't want to be your mother anymore. I got it. We go to do 'Scream 4' and I'm feeling distance obviously from my wife. We have not had sex in quite a -- at that time a month or so. Since then it's been four months or so. Umm. And we're not having sex and I completely understand. She's in a place of very wanting to be real and emotional. She's an emotional being, an amazing woman. If it doesn't feel right then she doesn't feel like bonding in that way."

According to Entertainment Weekly, Arquette also admitted to having sex with another woman "once -- maybe even twice."

Cox and Arquette were always an unlikely couple and I have to admit I was always more of a fan of Arquette's quirky charm than Cox's increasingly Botoxed face. But, dude, wrong move. You have a 6-year-old girl whose level of hurt goes up in proportion to how much of this dirty laundry you air in public.

Sources: EW, Us Weekly

Related:
In light of the Cox-Arquette split, a status update on "Friends" cast members

By Liz Kelly  | October 12, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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Comments

What a prince. I'm sure this new-found "maturity" he showed today will certainly convince Courtney to take him back right quick.

Posted by: JLRGG | October 12, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Dishing to Howard Stern about the breakup of your marriage - what a way to stay classy.

Posted by: northgs | October 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, honey, if she wasn't embarrassed by you before, you've taken care of that. Never really been a Cox fan but I am now totally on Team Courtney from here on out.

Hmm, husband of Friends star admits to affair. Does anyone know where Angelina Jolie was that day?

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | October 12, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

they are both dopes. next...

Posted by: funkey | October 12, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Please. Arquette did not 'dish' to Howard Stern. In fact, it was quite an interesting discussion. For those who do not get the Howard Stern Show (and by "get", I mean "understand"), Arquette's comments are easily taken out of context. It's obvious Liz Kelly did not listen to the entire conversation. Either that, or she chose to use carefully plucked items on which to pass judgement. For example, Arquette claimed that the couple had been in therapy. He also claimed that they both still love each other very much and that this is a trial separation under which each of them have made a number of concessions. He also mentioned they both are being extremely careful with their daughter, who had been informed of the situation long before any public statements were issued. Regardless of what Ms Kelly chooses to write, Arquette made it very clear during the rather lengthy discussion that his reason for calling was to clarify things BEFORE tabloids started having their way with the story, and before public opinion could have an impact on their ongoing attempts to reconcile. For that, I commend Arquette for being so candid and real. It sucks that these people are compelled (or perhaps advised) to make public statements about their personal lives. The fact that this celebrity marriage lasted more than 11 years is unusual in Hollywood, so it's refreshing to hear such honesty about realationships that exist in that alternative universe known as 'the rich and famous'. Some people don't, and won't, get the Howard Stern Show and how it is perceived as media. But I wonder. . .if Arquette had called in to the Oprah Winfrey Show to have the exact same discussion, would this article have been written differently. . .or at all? Or would Courtney have cared? I'm beginning to question why we care, quite frankly.

Posted by: Smears | October 12, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It was more than twice.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | October 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Well Smears, clearly, you care. That's a lot of verbiage, brother.

Posted by: northgs | October 12, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

He's an idiot. The statement yesterday was good, but what does he think he gained by calling Stern? If he was worried about the tabloids he just threw chum to the sharks because now we know that he cheated with at least 2 people and TMZ et al will be turning over every rock in Hollywood to find them.

If it does get to the divorce stage (which now, yeah...it's inevitable) admitting that you cheated is not good for you. His divorce lawyer probably called him and cussed him royally.

If anybody was blaming Courtney before they sure aren't now. Stay classy, Dave.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | October 12, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: pasteurluis13 | October 13, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Smears, the author was giving an overview on the Arquette call, not a detailed accounting. She pulled out the part she found interesting and wrote on it. That's what columnists get paid to do. So you commend David for dishing on the private details of his marriage? There are many of us who wouldn't call that "candid and real" but we'd call it "stupid and classless." There was no reason for him to "get out in front of tabloids." And although you're so proud of his 11-year marriage, Hollywood counts the same way the rest of us do. Revealing that he cheated in his marriage that he's ending after ONLY 11 years is NOT "refreshing," it's disgusting. It doesn't matter where you live, divorcing after an 11-year marriage is a failure and a tragedy. There's no honesty in a marriage that included cheating - the "rich and famous" don't get a different set of rules. And as for who cares, clearly you do, you wrote a freaking book.

Posted by: JoanJett | October 13, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, my posts get a little verbose. Typing is very easy for me. At least I can hold a thought for more than 30 seconds before spewing out something that makes no sense. So, for any of you too busy to read and think at the same time, please disregard.
Joan - You're obviously someone who did not listen to the whole discussion. Thinking that the rich and famous don't operate under different rules is delusional (you DO own a TV, right?). 11 years is a long time for most marriages. That's not an opinion, it's a statistic. I should've clarified, though...I really DON'T care about the Arquettes. I heard the conversation because I happen to listen to Stern each morning. Columnists and other media are jumping on this story because Stern got the exclusive. Arquette chose to avoid all other meida outlets, whose reaction is based solely on that. Had he called into Oprah, or given the exclusive to TMZ or ET or E!, they would have centered an entire production around the interview complete with sponsors and multiple segments. Jada Smith and Jenny McCarthy went on Oprah and listed every detail about their marriages with little or no tabloid commentary afterward. Arquette, on the other hand, delivered an honest discussion that nobody could sensationalize (or generate revenue from) until after the fact. That seriously bothers these tabloid media types. Ms Kelly "pulled out the part" (as you so eloquently mentioned) and passed judgement without hearing the entire conversation. And, YES, that's what gossip columnists do. I just happen to find THAT disgusting and so should you, based on your comments. So, it's OK for the media to do it, but when celebs turn the light on themselves, it's disgusting? Sorry if I don't get that.

Posted by: Smears | October 15, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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