Gina Neely Explains Her Divorce From Ex Husband Pat Neely, Shares New Home

In 2014 when Food Network stars Pat and Gina Neely suddenly announced that they were divorcing after 20 years of marriage, their fans were shocked.

No one saw it coming. For seven seasons, viewers tuned in to watch the couple whip up savory recipes and feel good vibes on their hit show Down Home With The Neelys, which remains one of the highest rated Food Network show in history.

At the time of their public divorce filing, the Neelys cited irreconcilable differences as the cause.

Now, two years after they called it quits, the Oprah: Where Are They Now crew paid Gina a visit to see what’s changed in her life and how she’s moving forward. She opens up about her new single life, a new home and why things really ended with Pat.

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“I found myself kind of trying to dim my light to make his light shine and that’s never a good thing,” she says on the show.

The 2008 premiere of their show propelled the Memphis based chefs careers. After the show became a success, the couple launched a string of business ventures including the opening of their own restaurant chain, The Neely’s Barbecue Parlor.

Watch an exclusive clip of Neely’s appearance on the show and learn more about Neely’s life post divorce on an all-new episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?  On Saturday at 10/9 CT on OWN.

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[MUSIC] TV just fell in my lap. I was just Gina. The Deen brothers, Paula Deen's sons, said we'd like to offer you guys a show. You have great dynamic, you're high school sweethearts. You look good on TV, you're in love, it's all great. I was really afraid, honestly. I was just afraid to do it. I just kind of went with it. Probably edited more than you realized cuz that was really like crazy on the show but that was my personality. We get recipes and I tell stories and how people impacted my life then how these dishes kind of feed the soul. I never imagined, The show would go on. They were on for seven seasons. Down Home with the Neelys was the highest rated Food Network show in history. But the crazy part about it was I never wanted to do that show. I never wanted to live my life quite out loud like that. I found myself kinda trying to dim my light to make his light shine. And that's never a good thing. Where Are They Now? All new Saturdays 10/9 central. And on the Watch Own app, anytime, anywhere.