'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison and Wife Split

May 3, 2012 By:
'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison and Wife Split

'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison and his wife Gwen Jones are calling it quits after 18 years of marriage.

In Touch Weekly broke the news Thursday. “They are still really close and remain the best of friends,” an insider tells In Touch. “They've been taking turns with their kids so they can both see them as much as possible. It has been really amicable, with no other parties involved, and Chris has been a total professional while filming The Bachelorette."

Chris and Gwen confirmed their separation with an exclusive statement to People magazine.

"Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children," they say in a joint statement.

The couple have two young children together, 9-year-old son Joshua and 7-year-old daughter Taylor.

Harrison hosts the new season of "The Bachelorette" which is set to premiere on May 14 on ABC.