Although the marriage ended on a sour note, a health scare brought them together again. A year after The Nanny ended, Fran's manager called Peter to tell him Fran was diagnosed with uterine cancer. "He burst into tears, and at that moment, all of the anger melted away and all that was left was the love," Fran says.
Fran wrote the book Cancer Schmancer about her uterine cancer survival and told Peter she wanted to see him when her book tour stopped in New York. "And that was when he said to me, 'I don't want you to be thrown if when you're doing all this press that somebody says, 'Do you know that your husband is living as a gay man now?'" she says.
This was the first time Fran had heard that Peter was gay—not bisexual. "At that point, we were divorced, and he was living in New York and I guess he decided to explore this side of himself that he had oppressed all his life," she says. "I did go to see him in New York, and we've been rebuilding our friendship ever since then."
Although he is gay, Peter says the love he has for Fran is real. "I'm blessed that she's in my life. I mean, there are so few people—straight, gay, whatever— that have this—a friendship and a love for each other. I'm so lucky."
It's been 11 years since their relationship ended, and Fran says she and Peter are in a good place. "We're in each other's lives in a very deep and profound way," she says. They talk about dating issues, and Peter says they even fix each other up!
The ex-couple are now so close, they're even working together again. "We're doing a pilot for TV Land about our relationship now," Fran says. Their show Happily Divorced is about a divorced woman and her gay ex-husband—starring Fran, of course!
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