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"Bachelor" Host Chris Harrison and Wife Separate 

Donald B. Kravitz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Harrison, the host of ABC's The Bachelor, and his wife of 18 years, Gwen, have announced their separation.  

The couple said in a joint statement to, "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."

The pair has two sons, Joshua, 9, and Taylor, 7.  

Harrison also hosts ABC's The Bachelorette. The new season of The Bachelorette kicks off May 14.

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