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Sad news from Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" host Mark Steines. The television journalist -- who previously appeared on "Entertainment Tonight" -- is separating from his wife of 17 years, actress Leanza Cornett, the couple told Us Weekly exclusively. They have two children together, Kai Harper, 10, and Avery "A.J." James, 9.

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The spouses confirmed the split in a joint statement: "After a great deal of thought and consideration, we have decided to dissolve our 17-year marriage. At this time our concern is for our boys as we help them with this difficult transition. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

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Steines, 48, married 1993 Miss America winner Cornett, 41, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on July 22, 1995. That same year, he started as a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight," which he later hosted from 2004 to 2012. He currently co-hosts the daily lifestyle series "Home & Family" with Cristina Ferrare.

This article originally appeared on Mark Steines, Former Entertainment Tonight Host, Splits From Wife Leanza Cornett


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