The Marriage Ref is a reality show produced by Jerry Seinfeld and features married couples that are having a dispute on a particular topic, such as flossing in bed. Seinfeld and a revolving group of celebrities decide the winner of the real-life marital disputes.
Sounds fun, right? Not to New Yorker Howie Kohlenberg who blames the show and Jerry Seinfeld for causing his divorce.
Kohlenberg and his wife, Christine, appeared on the debut episode of The Marriage Ref last year. Seinfeld, along with the celebrity panel including Eva Longoria and Tina Fey, had fun dissecting and joking about the couple's relationship.
After the show, Kohlenberg says that his wife divorced him because she wanted a new life without him.
"The headline should read, 'Jerry Seinfeld ruined my life: the danger of reality shows,'" he tells the New York Times. "Jerry, Mr. Billionaire, I blame. And his show... The people on the show were pumping us up, saying, 'You're going to wake up and be stars. You're going to be famous and make money.'"
"I'm not saying our marriage was perfect, but it put it in a whole new direction," Kohlenberg continues. "It was the nail in the coffin... Everybody thinks reality shows are glamorous -- you're going to get rich, and it's going to be the next Jersey Shore... They make you jump through hoops, the bottom line is they don't give a (expletive). You're just another number."
Seinfeld's response? "I love it, I love, I love it!" he tells the New York Daily News. "When people get upset I enjoy it. That he's having problems, and blaming me, it's all -- anything that alleviates the withering, blithering boredom of existence I'm in favor of."