The cooking couple that starred in “Down Home With The Neelys” hated each other FOR YEARS … enduring 11 seasons of mutual contempt before calling it quits.
Sources close to both Pat and Gina Neely tell TMZ … the marriage was doomed even before the show fired up in 2009 … and the pressures of TV made things a lot worse.
We’re told the Neelys had no idea the show would endure but they rode the fame train when it became a hit … with each accusing the other of having an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight.
Now that they’ve thrown in the towel … he’s splintered off by himself and believes Gina will fail without him. The reason … his family owns the famous recipes and he’s the master chef. As for her … she thinks she can trump him because she’s a bigger TV personality.
They will still be tied at the hip in NYC … where they co-own Neely’s Barbecue Parlor. They have no plans to sell it.
Gina filed the divorce papers earlier this month.
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