Cleese Not Laughing About $20M Divorce

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:36 AM CDT
British comedian John Cleese is forking over $20 million to his third ex wife.   (AP Photo/Paul Miller, FIle)
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(Newser) – Holy Monty Python. John Cleese has a whopping $20 million check to write in a California divorce settlement, and he's not happy about it. “What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine," grumbled the 70-year-old star. American psychotherapist Faye Eichelberger, married to Cleese for 16 years, gets $12 million in cash, an apartment in New York, a house in London, and a million bucks a year for seven years, reports the Telegraph.

The deal leave Cleese's third wife wealthier than he is. “It's an extraordinary world which means John is left with much less than his former wife even though he is the star who did all the work," said a close Cleese pal. Cleese sniped in a recent interview: “In my 70th year I will still be spending two months a year doing work that is of no interest to me in order to feed the beast.”’ (Read more John Cleese stories.)

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