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Gina Neely and Pat Neely attend the grand opening of Nelly’s Barbecue Parlor on July 12, 2011, in New York City.

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After 20 years of marriage, Gina and Pat Neely, from the popular Food Network show Down Home With the Neelys, are divorcing.

Gina Neely filed for the divorce and is citing “irreconcilable differences.”

In a joint statement the couple said the following:

Today we announce that we are ending our marriage of 20 years for irreconcilable differences. This was a tough decision, but we believe it is the best decision for us. As parents of two beautiful adult daughters that we love dearly, we will continue to be involved in each other’s lives as parents and friends. Together we have built a strong brand as The Neely’s. Moving forward our focus will be on our individual brands and we are optimistic about our respective futures. We ask for your prayers as we go through this transition and honor our request for privacy at this time.

The Neelys’ brands include not only the TV show but also a recently released book, as well as a BBQ restaurant in New York City. Last year the couple closed a Memphis, Tenn., restaurant to focus on other ventures, which include partnerships with George Foreman, Green Giant foods and Family Dollar.

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