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Mark Steines and Leanza Cornett Split

In the wake of his recent separation with wife Leanza Cornett, former Entertainment Tonight host Mark Steines is keeping the focus on his family. Married for 17 years, Steines and 1993 Miss America winner Cornett, 41, are parents to sons Kai Harper, 10, and Avery James, 9; Us Weekly exclusively reported news of the spouses' split on Jan. 25.

"Mark is trying to keep things as upbeat and positive as possible," a source says of the 48-year-old, who co-hosts Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel. "That's how he's living everything."

The single star took the boys to work on Friday, Jan. 25, to watch a segment he taped with a stuntman who demonstrated how to break a chair on someone's back. The trio had so much fun they decided to recreate the trick themselves. "Over the weekend they went to Michael's and bought balsa wood to make their own breakaway chairs," the source reveals. "The boys loved breaking the chair over their dad's back."

According to the source, Steines is doing everything possible to ensure his sons get through their parents' separation unscathed. "This is a difficult transition," the source explains. "He just really wanted to spend the weekend bonding with them and enjoying quality time."

Steines is also focusing on his photography to "keep his mind off things," the source adds. In a joint statement to Us, the TV journalist and the beauty queen -- who tied the knot in July 1995 -- promised to put their sons' interests first: "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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by Anonymousreply 50January 31, 2013 6:28 AM

Major hot daddy

by Anonymousreply 1January 29, 2013 12:42 AM

I've always hugely respected her--she was the first Miss America to make AIDS education her pet cause, and she did so as a competitor in 1992, before it was considered trendy to do so in mainstream America. Gay men should really do her honor.

by Anonymousreply 2January 29, 2013 12:47 AM

And now he's back on the market!

by Anonymousreply 3January 29, 2013 12:47 AM

She announced she'd be playing Rizzo on Bway and then Rosie took her part.

by Anonymousreply 4January 29, 2013 1:10 AM

Bad year for him. First he went from ET to that crappy show on Hallmark, and now this.

by Anonymousreply 5January 29, 2013 1:18 AM

Avery and Kai sound like girly names.

by Anonymousreply 6January 29, 2013 1:31 AM

That crappy show on Hallmark has already replaced Paige Davis Page as the co-host. Cristina Ferrare is the new person sitting next to Mark now.

by Anonymousreply 7January 29, 2013 2:36 AM

The show is great. I tape it and watch at 6:00pm when there is nothing on. Page quit. She thought she could do a long distance relationship with her husband but hated it. They were kind enough to break her contract.

Mark has given no indication he had trouble at home. Leanza was on the show with their kids the week Christina came aboard around Thanksgiving. The show is two hours and different than any talk show. It tapes in a house on the Universal Studios lot and is very free flowing. Christina is kinda ditzy but a great cook and she doesn't get Mark, who is actually a goofball's jokes.

by Anonymousreply 8January 29, 2013 2:46 AM

I want him inside me very deep.

by Anonymousreply 9January 29, 2013 2:52 AM

Just the fact that the breeders named their brats Kai and Harper makes be care even less about their breakup.

I thought breeder marriage was for life? Why do they keep hitting us over the head about the sanctity of marriage when breeders can't get it together themselves.

by Anonymousreply 10January 29, 2013 2:56 AM

It's uncanny how much he resembles Tom Cruise.

by Anonymousreply 11January 29, 2013 3:23 AM

Why R11? Have you seen a pix with his legs in the air?

by Anonymousreply 12January 29, 2013 3:26 AM

On "Home & Family" one day they showed clips of how he got started. He was a cameraman for a film crew and at some celebrity event someone from ET saw him and thought it was Tom Cruise. They tried to interview him and when they found out it wasn't Tom, they hired him. he looked exactly like him. This was twenty years ago. The photo on the left is an early photo.

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by Anonymousreply 13January 29, 2013 3:42 AM

[quote]Have you seen a pix with his legs in the air?

Larry Birkhead has the picture.

by Anonymousreply 14January 29, 2013 3:44 AM

Cruise lookalike

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by Anonymousreply 15January 29, 2013 4:53 AM

They split because he finally came out, right?

by Anonymousreply 16January 29, 2013 4:57 AM

I hope, R16.

by Anonymousreply 17January 29, 2013 5:00 AM

Why did he leave ET and replace him with that goofy, annoying Welsh guy? And what does Mark look like today? That picture in the OP looks old.

by Anonymousreply 18January 29, 2013 5:20 AM

Actually, the pic in my OP is rather new. He had gained some weight for a while, but took it off a couple of years ago and has kept it off. He looks great nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 19January 29, 2013 5:21 AM

So did they actually have their children after they got married?

Makes a nice change from the average hetero relationship today.

by Anonymousreply 20January 29, 2013 5:25 AM

[quote]Actually, the pic in my OP is rather new.

No, it's not. It says it's from 2009. A lot can change in 4 years.

by Anonymousreply 21January 29, 2013 5:28 AM

[quote]No, it's not. It says it's from 2009. A lot can change in 4 years.

Ok, dumb-dumb. This is Mark today.

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by Anonymousreply 22January 29, 2013 5:33 AM

[quote]It says it's from 2009. A lot can change in 4 years.

I've noticed.

by Anonymousreply 23January 29, 2013 5:34 AM

Mark's recent infomercial about his weight loss

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by Anonymousreply 24January 29, 2013 5:36 AM

Did Mark become a fattie?

by Anonymousreply 25January 29, 2013 5:40 AM

R25 No, but he gives me a chubby!

by Anonymousreply 26January 29, 2013 5:54 AM

[quote]Why did he leave ET and replace him with that goofy, annoying Welsh guy?

He left to host "Home & Family" a two hour daily talk show on The Hallmark Channel.

by Anonymousreply 27January 29, 2013 6:17 AM

Did Rob Marciano take over from Mark Steines?

by Anonymousreply 28January 29, 2013 6:20 AM

R22 No, not happy - his hairline has receded, he looks Botoxed, and his eyebrows look feminine.

by Anonymousreply 29January 29, 2013 6:24 AM

Hmmm wonder if Paige suddenly leaving had anything to do with it.

by Anonymousreply 30January 29, 2013 6:39 AM

Kai is an old fashioned name. One of the greatest baseball players was named Kai.

by Anonymousreply 31January 29, 2013 9:28 AM

One of the hottest "models" on the old "Doug & Jay's Amateur Straight Guys" site was named Kai.

A taut, tattooed, erect blond bombshell who played nicely with others. Yum.

by Anonymousreply 32January 29, 2013 9:56 AM

r25

Keep your hubby happy, make your hobby hubby

When he's a little chubby, he's a happy pappy

With Glockenspiel.

by Anonymousreply 33January 29, 2013 10:39 AM

i always thought it was weird that Leanza was on Entertainment Tonight first, then Mark was on it and Leanza disappeared from the show..I never understood if she was fired or what..but it seemed odd that he continued on with the show...

by Anonymousreply 34January 29, 2013 11:01 AM

I haven't watched today's show to see if he says something. Maybe he is living in the "studio" house they film in.

by Anonymousreply 35January 29, 2013 9:03 PM

RE 22's video, I'm kinda feeling Conn Jackson - never heard of him , but very hunky. What kind of name is Conn though ?

by Anonymousreply 36January 29, 2013 9:21 PM

R4 you have the facts wrong. During the summer of '93, Leanza was offered the part of Sandy in the revival, not Rizzo. But then Entertainment Tonight offered Leanza a correspondent gig, so she decided to take that instead. (Her tenure at Entertainment Tonight was brief, maybe a few months; she was let go the same day Mark Steines was hired).

During the summer of '93, when it still looked like Leanza was going to take the role in Grease, the Miss America producers arranged to feature the show in the opening number of the Sept., 1993 Miss America Pageant (when Leanza crowned her successor). It was supposed to be a glorious success story: our outgoing Miss America is on her way to become a Broadway star! But Leanza spoiled that by bailing on doing Grease, a few weeks before the pageant took place. The pageant honchos were pisssssed at her so they didn't let her be seen until about the last 5 minutes of the telecast.

by Anonymousreply 37January 29, 2013 9:22 PM

[quote]I'm kinda feeling Conn Jackson

Damn, he is hot, huh?

by Anonymousreply 38January 29, 2013 9:56 PM

I noticed he wasn't wearing his wedding ring today and I know he has had it on in the past.

by Anonymousreply 39January 29, 2013 11:05 PM

The man is a true hunk. I want him!

by Anonymousreply 40January 30, 2013 6:02 AM

[quote]I noticed he wasn't wearing his wedding ring today

Well, that would make sense, wouldn't it?

by Anonymousreply 41January 30, 2013 6:04 AM

The man who was on ET before him was even more beautiful. His name was Bob Goen IIRC, and that is a big if nowadays because I am old.

by Anonymousreply 42January 30, 2013 6:12 AM

[quote]I noticed he wasn't wearing his wedding ring today

[quote]Well, that would make sense, wouldn't it?

Most people don't take off the wedding ring when a separation is announced.

by Anonymousreply 43January 30, 2013 1:12 PM

Bump

by Anonymousreply 44January 30, 2013 1:55 PM

Met her once in the 90s at the Universal Grill in the Village, she's tiny.

by Anonymousreply 45January 30, 2013 1:56 PM

Mark parlayed on his Tom Cruise lookalike factor at a big broadcast journalism convention where he met KCAL's news director at the time. Larry plucked him out of obscurity in some small Ohio market and brought him to LA to anchor sports. The rest is history.

by Anonymousreply 46January 30, 2013 4:58 PM

[quote]The man who was on ET before him was even more beautiful. His name was Bob Goen...

Yes, that's his name. He was goregous (I believe they used to call him a brunette Ken Doll). He wasn't more beautiful than Mark in his younger days, but definitely close.

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by Anonymousreply 47January 31, 2013 12:58 AM

Goen still looks good.

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by Anonymousreply 48January 31, 2013 2:13 AM

[quote]Goen still looks good.

Maybe on Planet Photoshop.

by Anonymousreply 49January 31, 2013 2:19 AM

WHET Mary Hart?

by Anonymousreply 50January 31, 2013 6:28 AM
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